Mental competency report due for man accused of driving into dad, 2 kids in New Tampa

Hillsborough County

A report is due Wednesday that should spell out the mental competency of Mikese Morse.  He’s the man accused of running down a dad and his two sons in New Tampa.

Dr. George Northrup was tasked with examining the mental state of Morse.

In an order, the judge said Northrup must determine “whether the defendant is competent to proceed … [and] … whether the defendant has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding and whether he has a rational, as well as factual, understanding of the proceedings against him.”

The judge said the expert can also find that Morse “is incompetent to proceed.”  He could have a mental illness that makes him incompetent, the judge wrote.

Morse was arrested by Tampa police detectives in June after he use a vehicle to run down Pedro Aguerreberry and his two sons as the family was out of a Sunday bike ride in New Tampa.

The father died.  The little boys were hurt, but both are expected to recover.

Morse’s parents have maintained that they’ve tried to get mental health help for their son, but the system failed.

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