Attorneys for Pasadena Murder Suspect Team Up With Mental Health Experts, 10 Day Trial Set For August
Court appointed attorneys for Stephen Jarrod Davis Jr., the teen accused of murdering his five year old sister inside their Pasadena home in October, has enlisted the help of mental health litigation experts, court records say.
According to a website maintained by the Maryland Public Defenders Office, the mission of the forensic mental health division is to provide supports for lawyers representing clients with complex mental health issues. Examples of the types of supports provided by this team of professionals include competence to stand trial and criminal responsibility, the website says.
At the conclusion of a scheduling conference held yesterday, the case was set for a 10-day trial beginning August 2, 2021.
It is unclear if Davis has formerly entered a plea as of yet.
On the morning of Saturday, October 3, Anne Arundel County Police officers responded to an Applegate North residence in the 4100 block of Apple Leaf Court for a "juvenile problem" and later discovered Anaya Abdul deceased in her bed, according to court documents obtained by Report Annapolis. An autopsy was completed, and the cause of death was determined to be multiple sharp force injuries, the manner of death was ruled homicide.
Investigators allege Davis, a Chesapeak High School Senior who turned 18 on October 20, left a disturbing note in the home before fleeing the state. "Honestly, I hate yall so much," the note said. "I wanted to kill you all but I believe one is enough to cause you damage." He was initially taken into custody several hundred miles away by Ohio State Police after leading troopers on a high speed chase through I-70.
Davis was extradited back to Anne Arundel County from Ohio several days later. At that time, he was formally booked and charged as an adult with his sister's murder.
Anaya was laid to rest following a service in Prince George County on October 19, according to an online obituary. "Naya Pop, you will truly be missed," a family member wrote inside the obituary. "You were a burst of sunshine, always so animated and excited about life."