Caruthersville, MO (KSDK) - A determination on whether a man accused of killing a rural Missouri police officer in a crash while was being chased by police last August was waived Monday afternoon.
That decision was made after the accused waived the hearing when the court ruled he was mentally competent to stand trial and assist in his own defense.
30 year old Deonta Williamson of St. Peters is charged with murder, assault, and armed criminal action in the death of Caruthersville Police Officer Evan Burns, and the injuring of another Caruthersville officer.
The case against Williams evolved after an assault and arson at the home of Williamsons parents in O'Fallon, Missouri August 16th of last year.
Police say Williamson deliberately set fire to his parents home following a dispute, then stole his father's Cadillac Escalade before fleeing in the vehicle towards family in the Missouri Boot heel.
Law enforcement officers were patrolling Interstate 55 and saw the stolen SUV speeding through Pemiscott County where officers gave chase.
The pursuit left I-55 onto Missouri Highway 84 into Caruthersville where Williamson smashed through a patrol car barricade and slammed into the driver's side door of the police car Officer Burns was in.
Burns was killed by the impact of the collision.
Williamson has undergone extensive mental evaluations since the time of his arrest.
After waiving the compentency hearing Monday, the evidence against Williamson was presented in court and Williamson was bound over to stand trial.
Willaimson remans in jail awaiting his next court appearance in October.