Raeford man incompetent to stand trial

The Fayetteville ObserverAugust 6, 2009 

— A Raeford man charged with running down five people -- killing one of them -- in a drive from Fayetteville to Fuquay-Varina in April 2004 has been found incompetent to stand trial.

According to officials, Abdullah El-Amin Shareef, 30, stole a city-owned van in Fayetteville and drove about 40 miles to Fuquay-Varina, running over five pedestrians along the way.

Superior Court Judge Marvin Blount ruled that Shareef would need further help before he would be able to stand trial.

This is the second time that Shareef, a paranoid schizophrenic, has been found incompetent.

After the first hearing, he received help from what was then Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh, according to his attorney, Carl Ivarsson. He was then found competent and entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Since that time, Shareef has been held at the Cumberland County Detention Center and has not been taking his medication, Ivarsson said.

Two experts re-evaluated Shareef and determined he would be unable to rationally cooperate with his lawyers and does not have the mental capacity to continue at this time.

A trial for Shareef had been scheduled for February. In Cumberland County, he faces one charge of first-degree murder, three charges of attempted first-degree murder and several other charges related to assaults and the theft of vehicles. If he goes to trial and is convicted, he could face the death penalty.

He faces an additional count of attempted first-degree murder in Harnett County.

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