Doctors disagree on competency of accused double murderer in Tampa

Hillsborough County

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Doctors could not come to an agreement after evaluating a Tampa man accused of killing his two roommates.

Psychiatrists were expected to reveal their findings on Devon Arthurs’ evaluation Wednesday morning. But Arthurs’ attorney told the judge both reports from the doctors revealed they are in disagreement.

The judge now wants to hear from the doctors and is prepared to set aside a full day for a competency hearing. Florida Hospital doctors will give testimony on their findings. A disposition hearing has been set for July 25 to determine a date for the competency hearing.

Arthurs remains in the Hillsborough County Jail after spending more than a year in a state mental hospital. 

Arthurs was arrested in 2017 after he admitted to killing his two roommates in their Tampa Palms apartment. 

Police said Arthurs told them he had left a neo-Nazi hate group and converted to Islam. He said he killed his two roommates because they did not respect his new religion. Arthurs also claimed he saved thousands of lives by killing his roommates because they were planning terrorist attacks in the US. 

Doctors at the hospital believed Arthurs was mentally competent to stand trial but the judge ordered two more doctors to evaluate him as well. 

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