- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City man accused of killing four family members says he’s schizophrenic and is mentally incompetent to proceed with the case.

Daniel Green’s public defender has filed a motion seeking a determination of whether Green is competent for trial.

The motion says Green, 40, “has a long and documented mental health history over the last 19 years.” It says Green’s mother, who was one of the victims in the case, as well as his grandfather and uncle were also diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Mr. Green has presented counsel with a delusional belief system regarding Mr. Green’s past, present and future life/lives,” states the motion, which was filed Friday by Assistant Oklahoma County Public Defender Gina Walker.

Green is accused 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.

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.

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. District Judge Glenn Jones has scheduled a Feb. 5 hearing to consider Green’s motion.

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.

Investigators have not discussed evidence police may have recovered from the house or a possible motive for the killings.

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