A Pasco murder suspect ordered to go to a state hospital in early May to have his competency restored has been sitting in the Franklin County jail this whole time.
Prosecutors in the case of Jose Garcia-Morales learned last week that Garcia-Morales, 27, never went to Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake.
A hearing was scheduled Friday in Franklin County Superior Court to address the snafu. The order was sent to the jail three months ago, but the trip was never set up, prosecutors said Friday.
Judge Carrie Runge signed a new order to have Garcia-Morales treated at the facility for up to six months. If his mental condition changes before then, he will be returned to Franklin County.
Special prosecutor Amy Harris told the court that this order will be expedited.
Garcia-Morales is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. He was in court for the brief hearing.
Prosecutors allege he went with his older brother, Ramon, to a Manzanita Lane home in December 2008 to confront Alfredo Garcia about money the brothers believed they were owed because they had been deprived of work in the fields.
Garcia was fatally shot and his wife, Maria Ramirez de Garcia, was wounded. She has difficulty seeing out of her right eye and now uses a wheelchair to get around.
Ramon Garcia-Morales was sentenced in June to 67 years and two months in prison. That was less than three weeks after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree assault and four firearm charges.
No trial date can be set in Jose Garcia-Morales' case until a judge finds him competent to proceed with the criminal case. A status hearing is set Nov. 2.