Adam Ryan Williams said he killed his grandmother as a favor to God, but then felt betrayed when God reportedly told him somebody needed to go to prison for it.
He initially thought a state mental facility was the best place for him, but while sitting in Eastern State Hospital for the past four months, he has decided to obey God and would go to prison, according to a hospital report.
When asked about his change of mind with regard to serving his sentence at Eastern State Hospital, Williams replied, "Things change. This is my brain we're playing with here."
Williams, 28, is being evaluated at the Medical Lake facility to see if he is competent to stand trial in the Jan. 27 death of Viola Williams, 87. He reportedly told Kennewick detectives after his arrest that God sent a guiding light directing him to kill his grandmother.
On Tuesday, Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller said doctors at Eastern State said Williams should stay for another three months of treatment. Judge Bruce Spanner signed an order setting an Aug. 27 competency hearing.
Williams, who is charged in Benton County Superior Court with first-degree murder, was not in court for the hearing. He remained at Eastern State, where he's been since Feb. 8.
The most recent Eastern State Hospital report said Williams has the capacity to understand court proceedings but lacks the capacity to participate in his defense.
Defense attorney Sal Mendoza Jr. told Spanner that he doubts his client will be ruled competent at the next evaluation and expressed concerns about Williams' ability to handle a public court hearing, where cameras and other distractions are likely.
He explained that Williams' mood and mannerisms changed drastically in a short time during his last evaluation at Eastern State and the doctors determined he possibly was distracted by a camera in the room.
"We started the evaluation, and Adam was fine. Within 20 minutes, you immediately saw a change in his face, where he was obviously hearing other voices," Mendoza said. "He was not paying attention, he was distracted, and he was mumbling answers back (to the voices)."
Williams was found not competent to stand trial after his first 15-day evaluation at Eastern State Hospital, and his court proceedings were stayed for three months.
According to a May 31 Eastern State Hospital report written by psychologist Randall Strandquist and psychiatrist Dr. Sami Pateras, Williams is being treated with medication to help restore competency, but they asked to continue treatment for another three months.
The report states Williams is making progress and attending meetings sometimes twice a week with Pateras, but he generally refuses to attend the competency restoration classes, documents said.
Pateras' notes from the meetings said Williams had been "gaining distance" from his psychotic thoughts and becoming increasingly realistic about the outcome of his case. But Pateras also indicated that Williams' current condition was "fragile," and the May 25 interview to see how he's progressed apparently stressed him out and exacerbated his symptoms.
During that interview, which his defense attorney attended, Williams understood the rights that were explained to him and was calm, composed and focused when asked about basic court proceedings.
About 20 minutes into the interview, however, Williams began to deteriorate when asked how he felt about pleading "not guilty by reason of insanity," documents stated.
Williams replied, "I don't think I'm crazy."
The report stated Williams started hearing voices and "he became more visibly distressed as the interviewed progressed."
Eastern State Hospital officials said Williams is a substantial danger to others and presents a "substantial likelihood of committing criminal acts unless kept under further control of the courts," documents stated.
In 2006, Williams pleaded "not guilty by reason of insanity" to an assault charge in Franklin County Superior Court and was kept at Eastern State Hospital for five years. He was released in March 2011 after being held for the maximum time allowed on the third-degree assault charge.
Williams apparently was released March 17, 2011, on a "Least Restrictive Alternative" for six months and participated in continued mental health treatment through Lourdes Counseling Center's PACT team, according to a previously filed Eastern State Hospital report.
Eastern State officials said at the time that they had not received all of the treatment records from Lourdes, but one record indicated Williams was seen for about 20 minutes Jan. 5 -- three weeks before Viola Williams' brutal slaying.
Williams was described as being "disheveled," talking about a "thing he needs to do," and was having difficulty controlling his sexual feelings, documents stated. Williams apparently was not taking his medications but was getting his shot every two weeks.
"He said that if he could not control his feelings, he felt he should be arrested or detained," the report stated. "The evaluator noted religious delusions and sexual preoccupation in the context of decompensation and poor judgment."
During the first three-month evaluation, Williams said God talks to him regularly and he had the devil wrapped around his finger, documents stated.