AUGUSTA — LeRoy Smith III, indicted on charges of murdering his father, remains at Riverview Psychiatric Center, where examiners have found him not competent to move forward with court proceedings.
Smith was scheduled for arraignment and a status conference Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court, but the 24-year-old is being kept under observation in the forensic unit at the hospital, which is where those accused or convicted of crimes are treated.
His defense attorneys, Pam Ames and Scott Hess, had asked a judge to continue the hearing, and indicated their motion was unopposed by the state. Justice Donald Marden granted that continuance Tuesday.
In Smith’s current circumstances, “he would be unable to enter a plea,” Hess noted in his written request to Marden.
Smith also wants to fire his lawyers and get a court order prohibiting them from contacting him.
“My case is demanding though the facts will never get disproven,” Smith wrote in a hand-printed letter. “After these few weeks of thoughtful rest, I am letting everything out, hence my last message for the court.”
He continued, “I demand a professional lawyering team that investigates my case and life in full.”
Ames previously told the court that Ann LeBlanc, director of the State Forensic Service “advised me to make sure the court committed Mr. Smith after the preliminary finding of incompetence for observation and treatment as she did not believe Mr. Smith would become competent without treatment.”
Ames also requested Smith be evaluated for “insanity, abnormal condition of mind and mental condition.”
Smith was indicted on a charge of intentional or knowing or depraved indifference murder in the May 3 stabbing death and dismemberment of Leroy Smith Jr., 56, in the Gardiner apartment the two men shared.
Police say the younger Smith rented a carpet cleaner to use in cleaning up the murder scene and took his father’s money and car.
The younger Smith was arrested May 5 in Westbrook. He flagged down a police officer there to ask for directions to a strip club that had operated briefly several years previously, and police discovered he was wanted on a Massachusetts warrant charging him with harassment.
After he was taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland, he told officers he had killed his father and “filleted him and buried him in the woods because his dad sexually assaulted him his whole life,” according to an affidavit by Maine State Police Detective Jonah O’Roak. At various points in talking with police, the younger Smith referred to himself as God and said he was affiliated with the Hells Angels motorcycle club, according to the affidavit.
Police found the victim’s remains in various trash bags that the younger Smith told them he dumped in a rural area of Richmond. Investigators also searched the area for explosives which the younger Smith claimed to have planted in the area. However, no explosive devices were found.
After Smith’s first court appearance, he yelled to new media covering the story that he was a “political prisoner being held as a patient.”
Family members previously said the elder Smith had recently learned that his son, who had moved in with him a month before the killing, suffered from a mental illness.