A 19-year-old accused of shooting and killing an 18-year-old from Yorktown last year will not yet stand trial. He was ordered in court Monday to undergo mental health treatment at a state hospital.
, of Yorktown, faces charges of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was found mentally incompetent to stand trial after evaluations by two therapists, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Holly Smith. The evaluations were ordered in December.
Smith said in court Monday morning that the therapists agreed Whitter could be restored to competency under treatment. Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Shaw ordered Whitter to be treated at Central State Hospital in Petersburg.
With the “serious nature of the charges,” Smith said Whitter “needs to be competent” for the case to move forward. Another hearing date was set for July 10 for the case to be reviewed.
The fatal shooting occurred on Jan. 17, 2016 in a car full of six young people headed to a party in the Ware Neck area of Gloucester County, according to witness testimony in court last June.
Joshua Steven Morrison, 18, of Yorktown, was found dead in the car at the intersection of Ditchley and Gill roads just after midnight. A 15-year-old girl from Yorktown and two 20-year-old men were wounded.