Trent Dale Willis, a former Logan County High School student, who was charged with threatening to kill a fellow student in February, was found competent to stand trial Thursday, July 10th. Willis was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation by the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center by Circuit Judge Tyler Gill as part of his bond agreement, to determine whether he was criminally responsible at the time of the alleged events and whether he is able to assist his council in his defense.
Willis was indicted in April by a Logan County Grand Jury on charges of second degree terroristic threatening and second degree stalking. Circuit Judge Tyler Gill issued a warrant for Willis’s arrest and raised his bond from $20,000 to $50,000 upon the completion of lengthy restrictions with included” the defendant must have a responsible adult with him at all times; he is never to be left alone anywhere or at anytime; he must live with his parents; there must be no weapons in the home with him, this includes sharp knives, axes, clubs or tools that might be used as weapons; he must not have access to any means of transportation from home; the safe the family has must either be emptied of all weapons and keys or removed entirely from the home, and he shall not be permitted to be within 1000 feet of any of the witnesses to this case or the alleged victim.
The 18-year-old admitted to police after being arrested Feb. 24th, he had followed a female student and confessed in detail how he wanted to murder her.
Police were called to Logan County High School after Willis allegedly made threatening comments towards the fellow student in front of two witnesses. According to reports, the alleged victim and Willis were not involved in a relationship, they barely knew each other at all, according to the alleged victim’s mother.
According to police, Willis admitted to detectives to making comments of wanting to murder the female student. He further explained that he had thought about conducting the murder with a knife (cutting her throat), strangling her with a rope, or running over her with his vehicle. He further stated he had thought about doing it at the school, according to the report.
The case has been continued to Aug. 7, 2014.