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Competency check ordered for man accused in Dyke Industries workplace stabbing

Posted at 11:00 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 11:03:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The man accused of stabbing his co-workers at Dyke Industries was in court Tuesday morning.

Antwann Brown, 41, wasn't physically in court but his lawyer was. He is facing five counts of attempted first degree murder and a single charge for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A judge agreed to appoint the case to an expert to determine if Brown is fit to go on trial for the crimes.

A competency evaluation is a court-ordered mental health assessment to determine how much a defendant understands their charges and alleged offense, as well as his or her capacity to understand court proceedings and help a lawyer in their defense.

Police say Brown stabbed five people at his job at Dyke Industries on the morning of Sept. 11.

Court documents show it all started after Brown confronted his warehouse supervisor after he found out the business might be letting him go. The supervisor told investigators Brown reached into his pocket, as if he had a weapon.

That supervisor grabbed a piece of wood and asked Brown to clock out. We've learned Brown argued with an office assistant about being able to use the phone..but he eventually left the building.

That's when Antwann Brown called his pastor, leading the pastor to call 911.

Fast forward to Brown being detained. Documents show Brown actually admits to police he has a "gift that allows him to see into a person's soul," claims his pastor stole his gift and ability to sing.

Brown admits to police he was diagnosed with two mental illnesses and hasn't taken his medication since March. He says when he went back into the building he wanted to stab everything in front of him and could see demons in the people he attacked.

His sixth victim asked to be spared and Brown is quoted as saying "I'll spare you this time." The fact that Brown changed course there, is what assures police that he had the ability to make a sound decision.

Now, an expert has been appointed to make that determination. A judge already denied Brown bond, saying that he posed a safety threat to the community.

Brown's next court date is scheduled for Nov. 19.