Ousmane Camara Credit: Montgomery County police

A man charged in January with killing his mother in their Aspen Hill home was found competent on Tuesday to stand trial this spring, despite a previous psychiatric evaluation that found he was not competent.

Ousmane Camara, 27, of Aspen Hill, is accused of fatally stabbing his mother, Arabia Camara, 52, on Jan. 29.

Montgomery County police arrived at the home on Marianna Drive that day after Arabia Camara’s employer, a Washington, D.C., hotel, said she did not report for work.

Police found Camara with cuts and bloody hands. They found his mother’s body in another room with “apparent trauma.”

Camara was taken to the hospital and charged with first-degree murder.

Police said Camara tried to grab an officer’s gun from its holster while he was taken into custody.


In May, a state psychiatric evaluation found that Camara was not competent to stand trial. Judge Robert Greenberg ruled that the case couldn’t proceed until he was found competent.

During a hearing Tuesday, Greenberg said the most recent evaluation of Camara shows that he is competent.

Greenberg set March 30 for the beginning of a five-day trial. A status hearing is set for Feb. 11.


In an interview after the hearing, defense attorney Melanie Creedon, of the public defender’s office, said she isn’t sure if the case will go to trial.

That depends, she said, on whether Camara chooses to enter a plea agreement of “not criminally responsible.” If so, she said, Camara would need to commit to the condition of receiving treatment for any mental health issues he is facing.

Creedon said she expects that Camara will decide how he wanted to plead by a Feb. 11 status hearing.


Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com