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Trial unlikely for Henrico man accused of killing parents

Henry J. Brissette III, 59, and Martha B. Brissette, 56.
Posted at 8:53 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 08:53:44-05

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys and doctors say that a Virginia man who suffers from schizophrenia is unlikely to stand trial on charges that he killed his parents.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that William Roy Brissette, 28, of Henrico County, was found “unrestorably incompetent” by a Circuit Court judge.

Brissette will continue to receive treatment at Central State Hospital in Petersburg. And his case will be reviewed by the court until he is able stand trial.

William Roy Brissette
William Roy Brissette

But attorneys and doctors say that is unlikely. Schizophrenia is a psychosis that includes hallucinations and delusions.

Doctors at Central State had recently told attorneys that they could move forward to trial.

But three evaluators agreed that Brissette remained “unrestorable” and was likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

Brissette was living with his parents in March 2016 when they were found shot to death inside the home. His mother was Martha B. Brissette, 56, and his father was Henry J. Brissette III, 59.