Ware Neck shooting suspect ordered to state hospital
Dijon L. Whitter, 19, of Yorktown was ordered to the state hospital by Judge Jeffrey W. Shaw during a brief hearing Monday in Gloucester Circuit Court. Whitter is charged with second-degree murder and seven other felonies related to the 2016 shootings.
“Mr. Whitter needs to be restored to competency,” said Gloucester Commonwealth’s Attorney Holly Smith in summing up the findings of Whitter’s two mental health evaluations.
Whitter’s attorney, Randall L. Leeman Jr., agreed. Leeman said Whitter was not able to assist his counsel at this time but his competency can be restored.
Smith said Whitter faces very serious charges and “he absolutely needs to be competent” to stand trial. She asked that Whitter be ordered to the Dinwiddie County facility and for staff there to endeavor to restore his competency.