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Woodbridge Cab Driver Charged with Killing Cop Is Ruled Incompetent for Trial

Trial could proceed after treatment.

Scene following the shooting of Alexandria officer. (Patch file photo.)
Scene following the shooting of Alexandria officer. (Patch file photo.)
The Woodbridge man accused of shooting Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy has again been declared incompetent and has been remanded to a state hospital for treatment.

The ruling Monday was only the latest court-determined change in the mental status of Kashif Bashir, who was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer in the shooting last year. A trial could proceed if and when a judge rules him competent again.

In July last year, he was ruled unfit for trial after defense attorneys said he suffered from auditory hallucinations and other mental health issues. In January, he was ruled competent.

On Monday, though, over the objections of prosecutors, Judge James C. Clark concluded that further treatment was necessary for Bashir, The Washington Post reported.

Anita Boss, a forensic psychologist, testified Monday that Bashir was having issues communicating with his defense attorney. The attorney, Emily Beckman, also told the court that her client’s mental health had deteriorated since he left Central State Hospital for the local jail, the paper reported. 

Bashir is accused of shooting Laboy on Feb. 27, 2013, when the officer pulled over the Alexandria Yellow Cab Bashir was driving near Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy in Old Town.

Laboy has returned home and is continuing his recovery.

Jason Hart March 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Looks like the headline might be incorrect - "Woodbridge Cab Driver Charged with Killing Cop Is Ruled Incompetent for Trial" should it be "charged with attempted murder" instead of "charged with killing"?
Andrea March 26, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Absolutely right Jason. Hope they fix it.
John Strother March 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Yeah, I agree, Laboy has returned home and is continuing his recovery How can a dead man do this?

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