Crime

Man Charged with Shooting Teen Found Incompetent

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - A 63-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a black teenager in 2016 was ruled not competent to stand trial.

A judge ordered William Pulliam to be sent to Sharpe Hospital in Weston for 90 days.

The goal is to treat Pulliam so he regains competency and is fit to stand trial.

15-year-old James Means was fatally shot near the intersection of Washington and Nancy on Charleston's east end.

The criminal complaint alleges Pulliam shot Means twice after two verbal arguments on November 21st, 2016.

The complaint also says after the shooting Pulliam went to a friends house and ate dinner. Police later found him at that home with a .38 caliber revolver.

Pulliam showed no regret in an interview with police. He told one detective, "The way I look at it, that's another piece of trash off the street."

Means death sparked unity walks and justice marches in the community.

It was revealed at a preliminary hearing in December 2016 that a bb gun was found in the bag of a witness who was with Means when he was shot. The witness said Means carried the gun with him in the waistband of his pants.

Pulliam claimed means threatened him with the gun, even though security video did not show anything in the teen's hands when he was shot.

No new trial date will come until the judge determines Pulliam has regained competency.


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