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Man accused of killing mom found not competent

29-year-old had history of domestic violence, trespassing arrests

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Henry Harriford
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Henry Harriford

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After a judge-ordered mental evaluation, a 29-year-old man was ruled not competent for prosecution Tuesday in the killing his mother in a Regency area apartment in October.

Henry Harriford, who's charged with suffocating his mother, was remanded into the custody of the Department of Children and Families for treatment. He will have a competency review in September.

Police called to investigate 59-year-old Janette Harriford's death found her adult son sitting outside his mother's apartment. When they came back outside, Henry Harriford was gone, but he was arrested later that night and charged with murder.

Police said Harriford confessed to the killing.

COURT DOCUMENT: Domestic violence protective injunction

Harriford had an extensive criminal history, including several assaults and an arrest earlier last year for domestic violence. He'd been arrested 21 times and had been involuntarily committed under the Baker Act 17 times.

His mother had an indefinite protective injunction against him, which police said he violated in April.