Diagnosed schizophrenic jailed 11 years without trial

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) – A newspaper reports that a man accused of killing his father but diagnosed with schizophrenia has been jailed for 11 years without trial.

Clay County District Attorney Scott Colon tells The Clarion-Ledger that Steven Jessie Harris’ case fell through the cracks long ago.

Colon took office this year. He says he’s trying to have Harris moved to a mental hospital.

Harris was arrested in October 2005 and diagnosed in July 2007. A judge ruled in October 2010 that he’s not competent for trial.

Harris is charged with one count of murder, three of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, two each of armed robbery, kidnapping, and aggravated assault, and one of shooting into an automobile.

Harris’ most recent public defender says he retired two years ago.