Tadros' mental competency still in question

Competency hearing for man accused of attacking girl in restroom set for Oct.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man accused of trying to drown a 9-year-old girl in a Best Buy bathroom will have another competency hearing in October.

James Tadros, 31, who is charged with attempted murder in the 2013 incident, has had three psychiatric evaluations and has been ruled not competent for prosecution.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, which was responsible for his care when Tadros was declared incompetent, believes he can now face a trial while continuing to receive treatment for autism.

But a defense psychologist says Tadros is not competent.

Results of a third evaluation are expected to be revealed during a hearing on Oct. 28.

If Tadros is found competent at that hearing, prosecutors will ask the judge to set a trial date.   

Police said Tadros lured the victim into the restroom of the Southside Boulevard store, then attacked her and pushed her head into a toilet. She fought back, and the commotion she raised brought store employees into the bathroom. They held Tadros for police.