Mental Evaluation Ordered for Inmate Accused of Attacking Jail Deputies
A mental evaluation has been ordered for Freddrickas Randolph, a Garland County inmate facing felony battery charges after allegedly attacking four jail deputies in September. The 30-year-old has been held at the Garland County Detention Center since his arrest on December 29, 2021. He was originally taken into custody for allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.
The assault on the deputies occurred on September 4 at the jail, leading to Randolph being charged with four counts of second-degree battery, which carries a maximum prison sentence of six years. Randolph entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect on December 5. During a hearing on December 19, it was decided that a mental evaluation should be conducted, prompting Randolph’s attorney to file a motion for the evaluation on January 4.
The motion was filed by Chief Public Defender Tim Beckham, and Judge Kara Petro issued the order for the mental evaluation on January 8. An Act 3 hearing to determine Randolph’s fitness to proceed has now been scheduled for February 20.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the incident involving the deputies unfolded when Deputy Curtis Parish instructed Randolph to lock down his cell after his recreational time. However, Randolph repeatedly refused to comply, prompting Parish to call for assistance. Cpl. David Willcutt and five other deputies responded to the scene and attempted to de-escalate the situation. Despite their efforts, Randolph allegedly began assaulting the deputies, leading to a physical altercation. Eventually, the deputies were able to gain control and place restraints on Randolph.
Four deputies sustained injuries during the incident, including cuts, scratches, and a bloody nose. Following an investigation, a warrant was issued for the four counts of battery.
In a separate incident in 2021, Randolph was accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. The shooting took place on December 29, and Randolph was apprehended shortly afterward. He admitted to the shooting, stating that it occurred during an argument. The victim was transported to a local hospital with gunshot wounds to his face, arm, and chest. Randolph now faces charges of first-degree battery and first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor in relation to this incident.
These developments highlight the ongoing legal proceedings surrounding Freddrickas Randolph and the need for a mental evaluation to determine his mental state during the alleged attacks on the jail deputies.