Thomas v. Taylor et al
ORDER granting 10 Motion to Stay; directing respondents to file status updates every 60 days. Signed by Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders on 10/4/19. (jla)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
FORREST THOMAS, III
WARDEN TAYLOR, ET AL.
ORDER GRANTING RESPONDENTS’ MOTION 
TO STAY PROCEEDINGS
This matter comes before the court on the motion  by the State to stay the instant
proceedings pending the outcome of a competency hearing in the trial court. Should the trial court
find that Mr. Thomas was incompetent at the time he entered a plea of guilty, then the trial court would
vacate its judgment of conviction and sentence, which would moot the present proceedings (a
challenge to that conviction and sentence). Mr. Thomas has already received a mental evaluation
(which often causes a substantial delay in criminal proceedings); as such, the state trial court need only
set and conduct the competency hearing. The competency hearing is currently set for December 20,
2019. The motion  is well taken and is GRANTED. The instant case is STAYED pending the
outcome of the competency hearing in the state trial court. The State is ORDERED to file a notice
with the court every 60 days, informing the court of the status of the competency hearing.
SO ORDERED, this, the 4th day of October, 2019.
/s/ David A. Sanders
DAVID A. SANDERS
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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