By Ray King

A man charged with murder in 2018 who was imprisoned on non-related charges is back in Jefferson County and is awaiting trial on the murder charge.

Curtis Beavers, 38, was charged with first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm stemming from the shooting death of Theodis Morris, who was found with gunshot wounds at an apartment complex at 1320 S, Maple St., on Aug. 2, 2018. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the course of the police investigation, witnesses were located who said Beavers was in the parking lot of the apartments when Morris approached him and said Beavers pulled out a handgun and started shooting Morris as Morris tried to flee into his apartment.

Family members of Morris told police Morris had recently gotten paid and his money and wallet were missing.

Beavers turned himself in to police on Aug. 8 and when he was questioned, said he was not there at the time of the shooting. He said when he arrived, he saw police at the scene. He was placed under arrest at that time.

Court records showed that Beavers was scheduled to go to trial on the charges in 2019 but his attorneys requested a mental competency hearing and Beavers was determined to be unfit to stand trial at that time.

While awaiting space at the state hospital for in-patient treatment, Beavers was sent to prison for 60 months after his probation was revoked on a charge of first-degree battery and according to a more recent entry in the court documents, was not able to be admitted to the hospital until May of this year.

The most recent report from doctors at the hospital found that Beavers is currently fit to stand trial and a hearing on his status is set in February 2012.