NORTH CAROLINA (WVEC) -- Recent court filings reveal new information about the mental health of the Navy veteran accused of abducting Ashanti Billie from a local military base. Eric Brown is currently being treated at a federal medical facility in North Carolina.
The new filings explain if and how there can be a prison hearing to involuntarily medicate Brown.
A court hearing on that issue is set for Thursday.
These records give new insight into Brown's mental state and his situation at the Federal Medical Center.
Last we reported, federal authorities found out whether or not a forensic psychologist believes the Navy veteran accused of abducting and murdering Ashanti is mentally competent to stand trial, but that report was not made public.
A motion filed by Eric Brown's defense attorneys quoted a sealed order on the topic. It said: “FMC Butner has been tasked by the court with restoring Mr. Brown to competency—or at least placing him in “treatment … for his Schizophrenia… with the purpose of continuing to evaluate his mental competency.”
The motion revealed “Brown is in a lockdown unit. He is kept in the same cell 24 hours per day (with the exception of one hour of available recreational time, which the defense understands Mr. Brown never uses).”
The filings also included an email chain between attorneys and the facility's chief psychiatrist. On May 16, the doctor wrote Brown "remains in a psychotic state."
In an exhibit also filed with the court, one of the lawyers stated he was told at the end of last month, Brown is "a danger to himself or others."
The defense attorney recalled the conversation with a nurse at Butner, in which she said, "Brown had been put in chains to be brought out of his cell." When he was returned to it "Brown allegedly swung the chain restrain at the guard."
According to the declaration, the nurse said later, Brown did not look at her or do "anything to indicate that he understood what she was saying."
At this point, on the federal level, Brown is only facing one abduction charge. Charlotte Police charged him with murder, but that case has not moved forward yet.
Ashanti Billie's family released the following statement:
“Although this development is disappointing, we are confident that all parties responsible for Ashanti's death will be held accountable.”
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