Judge Takes Fitness Decision Under Advisement


Published on July 11 2019 2:33 pm
Last Updated on July 11 2019 2:33 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Judge Don Sheafor Thursday said he would take a ruling as to David Bright's fitness to stand trial under consideration, and will issue a written order as to Bright's fitness at a later date.

The 70-year-old Bright is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the September 2017 death of James Skinner of rural Brownstown. Bright has been in custody since shortly after Skinner's death. Defense counsel later asked for the fitness exam and prosecutors had no objection.

Dr. Terry Killian had the evaluation completed in May, but the official report from the evaluation had not been filed, so the case was continued to this week.

A status hearing has been set for 11am on July 29th, by which time Judge Sheafor is expected to have made his ruling.

Bright could face 20 years to life in prison on each murder count. He is being held in Fayette County Jail on $1 million bond.