Galveston County District Attorney: Santa Fe shooter still unable to stand trial

The shooter who opened fire at Santa Fe High School over five years ago, leaving 10 people dead and 13 more injured, is still unable to stand trial. According to the doctors who are attending to him in the hospital in North Texas, such is the case.

Details of the Report

Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady described the information as “disappointing,” noting that Dimitrios Pagourtzis will continue to be treated at a facility in North Texas.

In a statement, Roady stated that “the treating physicians at the North Texas State Hospital have indicated that the defendant in the Santa Fe High School massacre, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has not yet been restored to competency to stand trial.” 

To continue their attempts to return him to competency, they have asked that he be recommitted to their institution for up to 12 months. This is really sad news, especially as the five-year mark for these horrific killings approaches. We are nonetheless devoted to seeing that justice is served and that this case is tried.

Pagourtzis was sent to the state mental hospital in 2019 after being first found incapable of standing trial.

Sabika Sheikh, Cynthia Tisdale, Chris Stone, Ann Perkins, Christian Riley Garcia, Shana Fisher, Jared Black Kim Vaughan, Kyle McLead, and Angelique Ramirez perished in the shooting spree at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018.

Other Reports, State of Shooter

Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been transferred to a mental health hospital a month and a day after a third doctor deemed the alleged Santa Fe High School shooter unable to stand trial.

According to Pagourtzis’ attorney Nicholas Poehl, he will get therapy at North Texas State Hospital for at least 120 days. Pagourtzis’ stay at the institution is intended to restore his capacity to appear in court, according to Poehl’s statement from November.

Dimitrios will be there for at least 120 days, according to Poehl, and how long he stays after that will depend on his therapy and advancement.

Pagourtzis’ medical care will be approved by the state hospital’s medical staff, who will also decide how long he must stay there.

Following the declaration of incapacity in November, the Fort Bend County capital murder trial against Pagourtzis was supposed to start in February.

His initial two psychiatric exams were carried out by mental health professionals employed by the government and the defense. An impartial expert conducted the third and most current assessment.