The Charlotte man charged with killing a 49-year-old Mooresville woman while eluding police will receive a second competency evaluation after being deemed incapable of understanding court procedures.
Denzel Michael Hillary, 23, will undergo the evaluation at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, according to his attorney, Ashley Cannon.
The first evaluation was ordered after Cannon noticed Hillary was incapable of understanding the nature of his charges and the court system, which would hinder his help with the defense, she said.
Those results led Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Floyd to request the second evaluation. Iredell County Superior Court Judge Joe Crosswhite approved the motion during an early November Superior Court session.
Hillary was charged with second-degree murder, felony larceny of a motor vehicle and felony fleeing to elude arrest after police say he crashed into Rhonda Allison Hambright while running from authorities in a stolen SUV on Oct. 12.
The 2013 Dodge Durango was taken from a Mooresville residence, according to reports. Hillary sped off after being spotted in the vehicle by a Mooresville police officer on U.S. 21.
As he drove away, Hillary struck multiple vehicles at the intersection of U.S. 21, and Connector and Cornelius roads before crashing into Hambright’s 2014 Nissan. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hillary ran from the scene and was arrested in a nearby neighborhood about two hours later, police said.
According to Mecklenburg County court officials, a 2012 charge against Hillary for hit-and-run inflicting serious injury or death was voluntarily dismissed by the Mecklenburg District Attorney's office.