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Moody Trial Pushed Back

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The suspect in a tragic shooting that took the life of Panama City Beach woman went back to court Friday morning at the Bay County Courthouse.

 Joseph Moody, 41, made his way into the courtroom where his mental state has been under close watch since March. Friday his competence was under question presiding Judge Michael C. Overstreet ruled that Moody is not in a mental state that would allow the trial to begin.

Moody has a medical history riddled with depression and both clinical psychologist Dr. David Smith and Dr. Greg Prichard testified that moody suffers from clinical depression.

As a result judge Overstreet ruled that Moody is not currently in a mental state to understand the brevity of his sentencing.

He is not competent enough to work with his attorney to make the best decisions for his case and future. 

Moody will now leave Bay County Jail, where he has been under suicide watch, and seek treatment at Florida State Hospital for mental health treatment and competency restoration.

Judge Michael Overstreet will keep in touch with the hospital, "As typical of that institution, they are equipped to let us know when he has reached that level of competency to be returned to bay county to face these proceedings."

Judge Overstreet expects Moody to be in a clear state of mind within the next four months.

The next trial date is set for September 12th.