In a statement to the court, the doctor assigned to evaluate Castile’s mental state indicated the teen could be rehabilitated and brought back to mental competency, with sufficient treatment. The court plans to reconsider his ability to stand trial again on April 16.
On May 16, Castile fatally stabbed his cousin’s baby, Athena Castile, at a relative’s Dewey Street home, according to Sandusky police.
After a brief scuffle with family members and officers, Castile was arrested and charged with aggravated murder, felonious assault and assault on a police officer.
A week later, Firelands Regional Medical Center staff issued an order to send Castile to the Toledo psychiatric hospital, where he has remained since.
Castile’s family members have said he displayed a noticeable change in mental status after his first year at college. He was attending the University of Toledo, and returned home for the summer when he allegedly stabbed his infant cousin.
The Erie County prosecutor’s office is considering the possibility of the death penalty for Castile, should he be found guilty if he goes to trial. According to Ohio law, prosecutors may seek the death penalty if a murder victim is younger than age 13.
Athena was the daughter of Jenisa Castile, 19, of Norwalk.