Man facing murder charges to have mental fitness exam

Devere Gholston

Devere Gholston

QUINCY — Devere Gholston, who faces three counts of first degree murder for the February death of a Quincy man, will have his mental fitness examined.

At a Wednesday court hearing, following a request by public defenders Babs Brennan and John Citro, Judge Amy Lannerd continued Gholston’s arraignment and ordered him to have an examination before an April 20 status hearing.

Gholston, 27, and a 15-year-old boy were arrested following the beating death of 67-year-old Robert Schmidt on February 17 at his home in the Gross Gables subdivision. The Adams County State’s Attorney’s office is in the process of attempting to have the juvenile tried as an adult.

Along with the three murder counts, Gholston also faces robbery and residential burglary charges.

Gholston remains in the Adams County Jail on $10 million bond while the teen is being held in the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center.

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