Ashanti Billie’s accused kidnapper responding to treatment

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Court documents reveal new details about Eric Brown’s mental status. 

Brown is accused of abducting 19- year- old Ashanti Billie from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story in 2017.

Eric Brown faces charges for her kidnapping and death.

A Judge ruled Brown incompetent to stand trial do to his schizophrenia and catatonia. 

RELATED: Ashanti Billie’s accused kidnapper remains incompetent to stand trial

Brown’s doctors say he is responding to medical treatment at the Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina. The report states he’s shown, “slow yet consistent improvement in his mental status and behavioral functioning.”

The court ordered Brown spend another 120 days receiving treatment. Citing “substantial probability” that Brown will be able to achieve competency.

RELATED: Judge: Suspect in Billie kidnapping, death can be forcibly medicated

Doctors say after several doses of anti-psychotic medication, he’s been more cooperative with staff.

The report says ” he eventually was able to engage in meaningful conversation and began voicing some desire to advance his legal proceedings, which led to him participating in a formal interview with his psychiatrist.”

He was also moved to a less restrictive cell and allowed more time in the common areas of the prison.

However, he is still showing signs of schizophrenia with “hallucinations and paranoia.”

The Medical Director at the facility will let the court know whether he is competent to stand trial by February 18th.

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