Judge rules former OU student is mentally competent, will stand trial

A former University of Oklahoma student who told police he drove from Ohio to Norman to kill a member of the OU women's soccer team is mentally competent and will stand trial, a judge has ruled.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: December 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm •  Published: December 12, 2012
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— A former University of Oklahoma student who told police he drove from Ohio to Norman to kill a member of the women's soccer team is mentally competent and will stand trial, a judge has ruled.

An attorney representing 21-year-old Naasik Ferdous wrote in a recent court filing that his client suffers from high-functioning autism and that he has been diagnosed as having Asperger's syndrome in the past.

Ferdous, who was expelled from OU in 2011, called police in October and told them he was driving from Ohio to Norman to kill Kelsey Devonshire, goalie for the women's soccer team.

The man apparently had become obsessed with Devonshire and other female student-athletes at OU and was pulled off a January 2011 flight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after fellow passengers became alarmed at the way he was talking about the soccer player — a woman he'd never met.

Devonshire and OU gymnast Sara Stone both filed protective orders against Ferdous in October.

Both women, in petitions filed to obtain the protective orders, detailed the defendant's behavior toward them, which in both cases involved overt threats of sexual assault and violence.

The women also claim that Ferdous would actively seek them out on campus and lie to people about his relationship with them.

“At first it was just a friend request on Facebook, then a message saying he wanted to meet me because he was a huge fan,” Devonshire wrote in her petition. “Next thing I knew he was walking around the OU campus asking other athletes if they knew where to find me.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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