Emanuel Doll, a Broomfield man accused of killing his 4-year-old nephew with an ax, has been found incompetent to stand trail.
District Judge Michael Goodbee ordered that Doll be committed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.
The criminal case is stayed until he is restored to competency.
The written ruling was issued by Broomfield County District Judge Michael Goodbee on Sunday after a hearing on competency was held in the 17th Judicial District court last month. A review hearing is set for 9 a.m. March 19.
Doll, 26, is charged with one count of first-degree murder after deliberation and one count of first-degree murder of a child by a person in a position of trust.
He was arrested April 27 after Broomfield police responded to calls from a home at 4221 W. 136th Ave.
When police and medics arrived, they found a young boy, Jace Emmanuel Higginbotham, with a "massive amount of trauma" in the basement of the home. Jace's grandparents, Charlotte and Joseph Doll, were babysitting their grandson for half an hour that morning before they found him injured, with an iPad and a bloodied ax laying near his body, in the basement.
Higginbotham was the son of Doll's twin sister.
At the two-day competency hearing last month, Dave Young, district attorney for the 17th Judicial District, and Public Defender Kathryn Herold called their own expert witnesses who had conflicting opinions on whether Doll was competent to stand trail.
Herold called three witnesses, including Dr. Scott Walmer, a forensic psychiatrist with Parkview Medical Center.
Walmer, who was asked to make observations on Doll's mental state and later to form an opinion on whether he was competent to stand trial, arrived at the conclusion that Doll has schizophrenia and that delusions are a symptom of that illness.
Some of Doll's statements — including assertions that his sperm was stolen and as a result his nephew was actually his son, and that the FBI was spying on him — helped him arrive at his conclusion, Walmer said.
As a result, he said, Doll cannot assist in his own defense.