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Judge: Homeless man competent to stand trail for the murder of Ryan Rogers

Williams Rogers
Palm Beach Co. Sheriff’s Office/Palm Beach Gardens Police

WEST PALM BEACH- Palm Beach County judge Charles E. Burton ruled on Wednesday that homeless drifter Semmie Williams is competent to stand trial for killing Dywer High School student Ryan Rogers last November.

The decision came following a hearing in late May where doctors testified as to his mental state, stating that with proper medication the mental illness Williams suffers from is manageable.

Doctors say that without medication, he suffers from hallucinations and delusions.

Judge Burton acknowledged that Williams is mentally ill but that his state has improved since the day of his arrest late last year.

Williams is charged with first degree murder after Palm Beach Gardens police say he stabbed 14 year old Ryan Rogers to death along Central Blvd. by the I-95 overpass on Nov. 16.

Police used Williams’ YouTube account along with DNA evidence to tie him to the crime and he was later indicted by a grand jury.

Prosecutors say they will be seeking the death penalty.