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Portage County man found not competent to stand trial in murder of 11-year-old brother

The court has ordered that Nathan McAtee continue treatment at a maximum security hospital.

PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio — Nathan McAtee, a 19-year-old man accused of killing his 11-year-old brother in Windham Village last April, will continue undergoing treatment after court records show he was not competent to stand trial.

“The court further finds the defendant is not competent to stand trial and can be restored to competency within the statutory time frame if proved with a course of treatment in the last restrictive treatment setting that is consistent with defendant’s treatment needs and the safety of the community and the defendant’s welfare,” according to a document filed in Portage County last week.

As a result, the court has ordered that McAtee will continue treatment at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare – Timothy B. Moritz Forensic Unit, which is described as a maximum security hospital. The forensic examiner is ordered to provide a written report once it’s determined if McAtee is competent to stand trial or is unable to be restored to competency.

You can review the court document regarding McAtee's competency below:

McAtee, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, faces multiple charges in the case – including murder. Authorities say McAtee allegedly told an officer he had “stabbed someone.” The body of his younger brother, Joseph, was found a short time later inside their residence.

During his arraignment last year in Ravenna Municipal Court, McAtee reacted to his $1 million bond by calling it “ridiculous.”

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Editor's note: Video in the player at the top of this story was originally published in a previous article on April 20, 2022.

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