Accused UT student killer competent to stand trial, judge rules - FOX 13 News

Accused UT student killer competent to stand trial, judge rules

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The man accused of murdering a UT student in 2009 is competent to stand trial, a judge in Hillsborough County ruled Friday morning.

David Williams is accused of killing Ryan McCall in August 2009. The University of Tampa student was walking home with a friend from a bar at the North Boulevard Bridge when investigators say he was robbed and killed.

After years of searching for the killer, investigators finally charged Williams, who had been in Miami serving prison time for several other crimes.

Questions were raised about Williams' state of mind. While in jail, he's been evaluated several times by psychologists, and their court testimonies differed.

FOX 13's Gloria Gomez reports two psychologists testified that they believed Williams was not competent to stand trial – and that he did not understand the court process.

But two medical experts testified that Williams was, and the judge sided with that opinion. The decision means Williams will stand trial for the murder of McCall sometime next year.

McCall's father, Kevin, said he was relieved and ready to move forward with the process – four years after his son's murder.

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