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Proceedings delayed for accused serial killer Ryan Sharpe; a 5th doctor to examine his competency

Ryan Sharpe is led into an East Feliciana Parish courtroom on Jan. 9, 2018.
Ryan Sharpe is led into an East Feliciana Parish courtroom on Jan. 9, 2018.(WAFB)
Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 at 4:32 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The case against an alleged serial killer in East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes has become much more complex.

The proceedings against Ryan Sharpe, 36, of Clinton, were delayed Wednesday morning.

During a hearing at the 19th Judicial District Court, attorneys revealed that a doctor appointed by the court had ruled Sharpe competent to stand trial. This goes against the other doctor that was appointed by the court. It also goes against the findings of two psychologists appointed by East Feliciana Parish, where Sharpe has been ruled incompetent.

Sharpe is charged with second-degree murder for the death of Carroll Breeden, 66, in East Baton Rouge.

He also faces a first-degree murder charge for the death of Brad DeFranceshi, second-degree murder for the death of Tommy Bass, and attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Buck Hornsby.

All of those murders were in East Feliciana Parish.

A fifth doctor has now been appointed by the court to examine Sharpe. The issue will be revisited during a status hearing on November 28.

After the hearing, lawyers for both Sharpe and the parish commented on the potential outcomes moving forward.

Sharpe’s attorney, Thomas Damico, said he has not seen a report from the differing doctor and is skeptical of this result. He added should the fifth doctor rule Sharpe competent, he will ask that they both testify at a hearing about how they reached their findings. He also said Sharpe is currently receiving medical treatment and his competency could change over time.

When asked about the possibility that Sharpe is declared competent in one parish but not the other, Assistant District Attorney John Russell said he had never encountered a situation like that. He said the decision about how to proceed would be left to the judge in each case and he didn’t rule out proceeding in each parish separately.

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