The court declared William Brandon Aydelott, 20, competent to stand
trial for the murder of his mother Wednesday, July 27, after the results of a second psychological evaluation were heard by Judge John Simmons Jr. The trial is set to begin in October.
The presentation of the official report is a formality, as evaluating doctor Scott Benson verbally acknowledged Aydelott as competent to the defense July 19.
“The judge found Mr. Aydelott competent to proceed,” Assistant State Attorney Bridgette Jensen said. “He has been set for a Sept. 21 docket day with potential jury selection on Oct. 4. If the defense is ready at that point he could be going to trial. When the defense is ready, we are ready to go to trial.”
Aydelott was ruled incompetent to stand trial three years ago and was moved to Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee.
Doctors reported Aydelott competent back in early June, but the defense requested a second expert evaluate him before proceeding.
In 2013, Aydelott was charged with the premeditated murder of his mother and Holley-Navarre Middle School teacher Sharron Aydelott. He was 17 at the time.
On Christmas Eve, the two allegedly got into an argument at her residence where he was no longer residing before he brutally stabbed and beat her with a baseball bat.
Aydelott was later arrested at his home that night with blood on his wrists and hands according to police reports.
Aydelott is currently being held in Santa Rosa County Jail. He faces charges of premeditated murder and battery on an officer. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.