COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- It's been a long road for Mesac Damas. He's charged with six counts of first degree murder for killing his family back in 2009. On Monday, two doctors ruled he's mentally unfit to stand trial.
"An incompetent person cannot proceed to go to trial because that would be in violation of that persons due process."
WINK News has been there for every dramatic turn. First in 2011, when Damas was found competent. Then two years later, only WINK News was in court as Damas appeared very thin and in restraints. A deputy said he was starving himself. Nicole Waid is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and said this entire process isn't cheap.
"The department of Corrections website says in 2012 it cost approximately 14,000 to 18,000 dollars per inmate. In his case, that number is more than likely going up because of the resources that are needed for his competency screenings, mental health treatment, for any other medical issues that may be going on," said Waid.
WINK News is learning Damas will soon go to a mental health center where doctors will try to restore his competency. Waid said that outcome will determine if this case ever moves forward.
"There are times where a psychiatrist can say we can restore this persons competency if this person takes these medications, goes through these therapies."
But Waid admits there are times where there's nothing doctor's can do.
"Worst case scenario, yes there have been cases where a person can not be tried criminally and in some cases the criminal cases have been dropped."