- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma County judge Wednesday ordered that a man charged with killing four family members undergo a psychological examination to determine whether he is mentally competent to be tried for the slayings.

District Judge Glenn Jones ordered the examination for Daniel Green, 40, after Green’s defense attorney, Gina Walker, said Green had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was unable to help her prepare his legal defense on the four counts of first-degree murder. The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Harmon, did not object to the request.

Green is charged in the Aug. 14 shooting deaths of his mother, 57-year-old Sallie Green; sister, 34-year-old Rebecca Cizek; his sister’s daughter, 16-year-old Katherine Cizek; and her 7-month-old son, Amario Dominguez III. Investigators say the victims lived at a southeast Oklahoma City house with Daniel Green.

A motion seeking the mental examination states Green “has a long and documented mental health history over the last 19 years.” It says Green’s mother as well as a grandfather and uncle also were diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Mr. Green has presented counsel with a delusional belief system regarding Mr. Green’s past, present and future life/lives,” the motion states.

Walker’s motion says Green is unable to comprehend his attorney and is being held on the mental health floor of the Oklahoma County Jail.

“Through personal interaction with Mr. Green, review of medical and psychiatric records and interviews with family members, counsel doubts Mr. Green is currently capable of rationally assisting counsel in his defense,” the motions states.

Green, shackled at the wrists and ankles and dressed in an orange jail-issued jumpsuit, said nothing when Jones ordered the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to examine him. The legal test for determining a defendant’s mental competency is whether he understands the nature of the charges against him and can assist his attorney in his defense.

If Green is found incompetent, Jones said, he also wants to know whether mental competency can be achieved through medication and treatment. Defendants who are declared legally incompetent are typically transported to the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita, where their mental health is diagnosed and they are given medication in an attempt to restore competency.

Jones stayed further action in the case and scheduled a March 20 hearing to review the results of the examination.

Police received a call around 11 p.m. the day of the shootings about a possible dead body at a residence. Police found the four victims inside.

Green was not at the home when officers arrived but was later arrested without incident.

Neighbors said Green was known as Danny and spent a lot of time outside, but mostly kept to himself.

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