Judge Rules Murder Suspect Avondre Graham Will Face A Jury - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Judge Rules Murder Suspect Avondre Graham Will Face A Jury

Posted: Updated:

He's been in jail for just over a year charged in the May 2012 stabbing death of his neighbor, Sharlotte McGill, and now a judge has ruled Avondre Graham, 18, is competent to stand trial.

Judge Maryann Moreno made her ruling at the Spokane County Courthouse Tuesday, a day after two expert psychologists testified to Graham's "intellectual disabilities" during his competent hearing.

Both doctors agreed Graham has a low IQ and "mild mental retardation," but one found Graham competent to stand trial while the other did not.

In Washington the legal standard "competency to stand trial" is two-fold: the defendant is ruled competent if he or she understands the nature of the charges against him or her, and can aid in his or her own defense.

After reviewing psychological exams, tests, evaluations, the court file and prior case law, Judge Moreno ruled that Graham meets both of those criteria. She also cited several other Washington cases in which the defendant had an even lower IQ and was found competent.

Graham said nothing in court, but after he left the room his mother broke down in tears and hugged family members.

The judge's ruling is not what Graham's family had hoped for, but it is a huge victory for the family of Sharlotte McGill - especially her only daughter, Billie McKinney.

McKinney spoke to KHQ's Kelsey Watts, and gave this statement:

"I just want to see his day in court and see the system follow through. This case is very important and will show the community what will and won't be tolerated."

Graham's murder trial is scheduled to begin November 4th.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:46:53 GMT
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
  • 10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 2:35 AM EST2013-11-27 07:35:08 GMT
    Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com. Yes, they all need some work and some need a lot more than others, but when your mortgage payment is around the $200/month range there's at least something to stay positive about.>>
  • Person injured by falling tree branches outside Spokane courthouse

    Person injured by falling tree branches outside Spokane courthouse

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:35:37 GMT
    One person was injured when strong winds caused tree branches to fall to the ground outside the Spokane County Courthouse in Wednesday afternoon.Fire crews and police officers told KHQ the person who was hit by the branches was quickly taken to the hospital.>>
    One person was injured when strong winds caused tree branches to fall to the ground outside the Spokane County Courthouse in Wednesday afternoon.Fire crews and police officers told KHQ the person who was hit by the branches was quickly taken to the hospital.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Boil-water advisories issued in several eastern Washington areas after storms

    Boil-water advisories issued in several eastern Washington areas after storms

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:12:58 GMT
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health believes some local water systems are at risk after severe storms moved through the area on Wednesday and they have issued some boil-water advisories. >>
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health believes some local water systems are at risk after severe storms moved through the area on Wednesday and they have issued some boil-water advisories. In Spokane and Pend Oreille counties, several water systems are under boil-water advisories:·>>
  • The right decision? Ted Nugent concert canceled

    The right decision? Ted Nugent concert canceled

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:57:53 GMT
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - "The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has a long history of working on social rights issues in the area," says Coeur d'Alene Tribe Public Relations Director, Heather Keen. >>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - "The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has a long history of working on social rights issues in the area," says Coeur d'Alene Tribe Public Relations Director, Heather Keen. On Monday the tribe, along with Coeur d'Alene Casino management made the decision to cancel the Ted Nugent concert set to kick off at the casino this August, saying the rock star is known to make racially biased comments.>>
  • PHOTOS: Severe storm causes power outages, damage to homes

    PHOTOS: Severe storm causes power outages, damage to homes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:56:19 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |>>