GREGG COUNTY — Kyron Templeton, a 27-year-old man facing capital murder charges in Gregg County, was ruled mentally competent to stand trial.
Templeton is facing capital murder after he allegedly stabbed multiple people in 2013. Two of these victims died in the attack.
Templeton's latest competency test was filed with Gregg County on October 25, 2018. He is scheduled to appear in criminal court Friday at 1:30 p.m.
He had a previous competency hearings in 2017.
It happened early in the morning on November 26, 2013. Police say Kyron Templeton stabbed a nurse, Gail Sandidage, and a visitor, Harris Teel to death at the surgical center in Longview.
Templeton is also accused of assaulting nurse Karen Bobo, and visitors Teresa Allison and Melissa Sims.
Now, almost five years later, after being declared competent to stand trial he arrived at the Gregg County Jail, Monday, November 5th.
He came from the North Texas State Hospital-Vernon Campus.
Templeton is being held on a more than $2 million bond. Along with his capital murder charge, he also has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Here's a look back at how the case has unfolded so far.
A motion suggesting incompetency was filed in April of 2017.
At a hearing in August of that same year, Templeton was declared incompetent, but doctors believed he could reach competency by consistently taking his prescribed medication.
At another hearing two months later, Templeton was again found to be incompetent for similar reasons.
Fast forward a year later to 2018, his clinician, Dr. Michele L. Borynski, found him competent stating "Mr. Templeton demonstrates an adequate factual and rational understanding of his legal situation and the potential consequences he could face if convicted."
Also in the nine-page competency evaluation she added, "Therefore I would offer for adjudication the opinion that Mr. Kyron Templeton is presently competent to stand trial."
Recommending jail staff monitor Templeton closely to make sure he takes his medication, otherwise it could result in "significant deterioration in his mental stability, including trial competency-related skills and abilities."
Dr. Borynski also recommended the trial proceedings be expedited.
It's important to note back in 2015, a notice was filed of the intent to raise an insanity defense
No word yet on if that defense is expected to change, but competency to stand trial does not also mean competency at the time the crime was committed.