Youngstown teen facing murder charges found not competent to stand trial
One of the suspects facing murder charges connected to the death of a Youngstown man has been found not competent to stand trial.
Jamiyah Brooks, 19, was found to be incapable of understanding the nature and objective of the proceedings against him, according to the ruling by Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney.
Brooks was 18 years old when he and 33-year-old Nathaniel Austin Jr. were indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder and tampering with evidence.
Their charges stemmed from the shooting death of Isiah Helms, who was found dead at the Mt. Hope Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Liberty Road in February 2022 shortly after he was reported missing.
Brooks underwent an evaluation at Heartland Behavioral Healthcare in Massillon and was found to be mentally ill.
Judge Sweeney ordered Brooks to undergo treatment at the facility until he is ruled competent to stand trial.
Police have not said what led to Helms' killing.