Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Trial date set for North Potomac teen accused in father’s stabbing death

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A North Potomac teen accused of stabbing his father to death in December has been scheduled for trial on Oct. 20.

David Coleman Winters, 18, will first undergo an examination at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center to determine whether he is competent to stand trial and whether he was criminally responsible for the crime, according to court documents.

Winters is charged with first-degree murder, after his father, Andrew Winters, was found dead on Dec. 25 in North Potomac.

According to court documents, Winters’attorney, Myra Kovach, filed a plea of ‘‘not criminally responsible” on May 6. A plea of not criminally responsible means that ‘‘lacks the substantial capacity to either appreciate the criminality of his or her conduct or conform his or her conduct to the requirements of the law,” according to a spokesman for the State’s Attorney’s Office.