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Doctor: Gainesville man ‘not likely’ to be restored to competency for vehicular homicide trial
Joshua-Armour
Joshua Armour

A doctor said Monday a Gainesville man charged with vehicular homicide will likely not be restored to competency and stand trial.

Joshua Wiley Armour was indicted in February 2015 on charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, misdemeanor driving under the influence, reckless driving, no insurance, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, having an open container and a seat belt violation.

On Jan. 10, 2015, Armour struck Vicky Chambers’ car head-on, authorities said.

Chambers, a Lula councilwoman, died Jan. 22, 2015, after suffering critical injuries, and her passenger Lisa Page also received injuries.

Armour was previously transferred to Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities custody.

Assistant District Attorney Kelley Robertson said the doctor at the Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta “opined that Armour remains incompetent to stand trial and is not likely to be restored to competency due to the degenerative nature of his disease.”

Doctors previously told the court Armour has a rare condition that causes cognitive deterioration and impairment. One doctor said Armour exhibited “very severe” short-term memory problems and would have difficulty making decisions.

Armour’s attorney Brett Willis declined to comment.

Dr. Joseph Browning “further opined that he meets criteria for outpatient civil commitment and that was the decision of the court on Monday — to civilly commit Mr. Armour,” Robertson wrote in an email.

An order has not yet been signed by the judge.

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