2021 | Courts

Rockville man found incompetent to stand trial on murder charge

McGuigan moved from jail to psychiatric hospital

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A Rockville man was again found incompetent to stand trial on a charge of murdering his mother outside a church in December 2018.

Kevin McGuigan, 24, was charged with first-degree murder after allegedly stabbing his mother, Jaclyn McGuigan, to death outside St. Raphael Catholic Church on Dec. 8, 2018, authorities said.

After a mental evaluation, McGuigan in early 2019 was found incompetent to stand trial. But in January 2021, he was moved from a psychiatric hospital to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility because a new evaluation found him competent for trial.

But on Friday, McGuigan was again found incompetent to stand trial in a new report, and his trial scheduled for October was canceled. He was ordered to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

A status hearing is scheduled for August 27.

All of the mental evaluations are sealed in court records, meaning they are not accessible by the public.

During a hearing in January, attorneys disclosed that McGuigan had allegedly used a razor blade to assault a fellow inmate at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, a maximum-security state psychiatric hospital. He was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and weapons charges stemming from that incident.

During an earlier hearing in October 2019, hospital employees reported that McGuigan struggled with symptoms of schizophrenia and received medication involuntarily to manage symptoms.

McGuigan has repeatedly disputed psychiatric reviews that have found him incompetent to stand trial. In court, he has told attorneys and judges he understood the charges and how the court proceedings work.

At a hearing in January 2019, McGuigan asked the judge if he could “make my plea now and end the case,” but was denied.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com