TAMPA, Fla. — The state of Florida is asking for another mental evaluation of the man accused of running down a family with his vehicle.
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Mikese Morse, 30, is accused of deliberately hitting and killing Pedro Aguerreberry, 42, as he rode bikes with his two children June 24 in New Tampa. Aguerreberry died of his injuries.
Morse had been awaiting a mental evaluation to determine if he is fit to stand trial. His parents said Morse has suffered from mental illness.
During a hearing Thursday, Morse was found to be incompetent to stand trial on the murder charge. However, state officials want a second opinion because of reports that Morse did not cooperate with state appointed psychologist.
Morse was not in the courtroom but his parents were.
The results from another evaluation of Morse are due on Oct. 4 and another court hearing has been set for Oct. 8. Court-appointed doctor Richard Spana will handle the next evaluation.
However, some of Morse's family members continue to be discouraged, saying that Morse has received no mental treatment while in jail. In fact, Khadeeja Morse yelled out during the hearing that her son needs immediate treatment.
"Will you appoint someone for him to get treatment too please, so he can get medical attention, please?" Morse asked the judge. "Psychiatric care, please?
After the hearing, Morse and her husband Michael approached State Attorney Andrew Warren, who is prosecuting Mikese on first-degree murder charges.
"We've made no progress," Morse said. "Our son is getting no treatment. We've asked for help in any way that we can, so we asked the prosecutor to help us get treatment for our son."
"We had a productive conversation with the defendent's parents talking about our commitment to make sure we prosecute this case fairly and justly, and we're trying to make sure he's evaluated for competency before we move forward," Warren told us.
Warren also said he will reach out to the jail about the treatment.