Marshall v. StateAnnotate this Case
Appellant was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor interference with a peace officer. Appellant’s appointed counsel moved to suspend proceedings pending a competency evaluation. The trial court granted the motion. After a competency evaluation and competency hearing, the court found Appellant competent, and the matter proceeded to trial. The jury found Appellant guilty of interference with a peace officer, but a mistrial was declared on the possession charge. Thereafter, defense counsel suggested that a second competency evaluation was needed. The court ultimately concluded that a second competency evaluation was not warranted. Appellant then entered an Alford plea to felony possession of methamphetamine. Appellant appealed from both convictions. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that any alleged error in the district court’s failure to suspend proceedings and order a second competency evaluation was inconsequential.