A competency hearing for a Roanoke Rapids man indicted federally for crimes committed in Northampton County is scheduled for January 25 in Wilmington.
Documents filed in online court records show the psychiatric report for Michael Christopher Harris has been received from counsel for the government, however it is sealed and not available for public inspection.
The competency hearing is scheduled before United States Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones Jr.
The motion for the determination was filed in February by Harris’s counsel and was approved by the court the same month.
“Counsel states that there is reasonable cause to believe the defendant is presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense,” the original motion stated.
According to a letter from E.K. Carlton, warden of the Federal Detention Center in Miami, Harris arrived in Florida for the evaluation on May 21.
However, due to FDC Miami operating under the Federal Bureau of Prisons COVID-19 modified operations plan, and a 14-day quarantine upon Harris’s arrival, the facility wasn’t able to complete the evaluation report until August 11.
Harris was indicted on two counts in November of 2019.
In count 1 the grand jury charged he possessed ammunition while previously being convicted of a crime.
In count 2 the grand jury charged he possessed a firearm and ammo around April 3 knowing he was a convicted felon.
The indictments stem from two separate shooting investigations that took place in Northampton County on November 21 of 2018 and April 3 of 2019.