NEW BOSTON, TX (KSLA) - The man accused of shooting and killing a Bowie County deputy has been declared incompetent to stand trial on a charge of capital murder.
Tucker Strickland, now 23, was an inmate being transported to the Bowie County courthouse by 54-year-old deputy Sherri Jones for a court hearing in April 2011 when he allegedly overpowered Jones, took her gun and shot her.
He fled from the courthouse in the county transport van, but was caught about a half-hour later by police in Ashdown, AR.
At a hearing Monday in Bowie County Court, a judge ruled Strickland is not competent to stand trial and ordered him into the custody of a state mental hospital until he is able to stand trial. As of Monday evening, Strickland remained in custody at the Fannin County Jail in Bonham, Texas.