A suspect in the fatal shooting of a Pasco man in December is competent to stand trial, a state psychologist said.
However, the attorney for DeShawn I. Anderson disputes the recent report’s findings and wants to hire her own professional for an independent evaluation.
Anderson, 19, of Finley, appeared Thursday in Franklin County Superior Court. His case remains on hold with the next review hearing July 28.
The case can’t resume until Judge Alex Ekstrom rules that Anderson has the capacity to understand his criminal case, can assist his attorney and is competent to stand trial.
Shelley Ajax first told the court in January that she has concerns that her client may be developmentally disabled.
Anderson is charged with one count of first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree assault. Prosecutors claim he killed Lorenzo R. Fernandez Jr. on Dec. 3 as the 22-year-old victim sat in his Ford Mustang at a Pasco apartment complex.
Fernandez reportedly knew four men who were ambushed Nov. 18 as they sat inside a car on West Margaret Street. Anderson allegedly was one of two armed suspects who fired almost 20 rounds at that car, injuring three of the occupants.
Pasco police said that sparked a series of gang attacks over the following three weeks with two deaths, including Fernandez.
Anderson has been in custody on $1 million bail since his Dec. 11 arrest.
Daniel J. Lord-Flynn, a psychologist with Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, met with Anderson in March at the Franklin County jail.
Anderson said he had a history of problematic behavior in school starting at an early age, according to Lord-Flynn’s report. Anderson recognized that he had an issue with temper and impulsive behavior, but said he was “just prone to getting mad.”
Anderson dropped out of school in the 10th grade, even though his educational records from the Kennewick School District showed he tested above average in sentences, reading, spelling and arithmetic.
Lord-Flynn also addressed his substance history, with Anderson saying he started using marijuana and alcohol in fifth grade and progressed to using pot daily in the eighth grade and experimenting with cocaine.
Anderson said he received treatment while locked up on a juvenile conviction, the report said.
Now in the county jail, Anderson said he may get emotional a couple of times a week while “thinking about his past and everything that he’s looking ahead at having to face.”
Anderson was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, a substance-use disorder and “an adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct,” according to the report.
Lord-Flynn wrote that medications are not necessary at this time for Anderson, but his “primary stressors” aren’t like to change in the near future and could lead to a major depressive episode.
The psychologist suggested that mental health service professionals make periodic contacts with Anderson in the jail.
Lord-Flynn further said that Anderson should “be able to interact with his attorney and convey information accurately and effectively when consulting with her.”