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Ex-Aggies football star Thomas Johnson found incompetent to stand trial in random jogger killing

A former Texas A&M wide receiver accused of murdering a random jogger was found incompetent to stand trial Monday.

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Thomas Johnson, 21, faced murder charges after police say he hacked to death 53-year-old Dave Stevens with an ax in October 2015 on White Rock Creek Trail in Dallas. Authorities said he confessed to the crime, but the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that the former star Aggie recruit’s case will not go to trial yet.

Instead, Johnson will go to North Texas State Hospital “for up to 120 days” for treatment and evaluation to try to restore competency, his attorney told the Morning News. Relatives said that Johnson was diagnosed with schizophrenia before the killing.

Johnson starred as a freshman at Texas A&M in 2012. He reeled in key catches to help the Aggies knock off No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 12, 2012. Two days after the victory he went missing. Later that week, police found him wandering a street near his old high school in Dallas at 3 a.m. He never returned to College Station.

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The case took another tragic turn two weeks after Stevens’ slaying.  The victim’s wife Patti, 54, was found dead in the garage of their home of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. The couple had been married for 25 years.

Before her death she told the Morning News, “Dave was the love of my life and I’m lost without him.”

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