TAMPA, Florida — A former white supremacist who gunned down his neo-Nazi roommates after converting to Islam has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.
Devon Arthurs, 18, said he fatally shot his ex-roommates Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18, with an assault rifle inside their Tampa condo in May because they had disrespected his new faith, authorities said.
But Dr. Yolanda Leon found Arthurs incompetent to stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder, the Tampa Bay Times reported. But before the judge ruled on the matter, prosecutors asked for a second opinion.
Arthurs told police he had been friends with Himmelman and Oneschuk and a fourth roommate, Brandon Russell — who wasn’t home at the time of the shooting — with all four sharing neo-Nazi beliefs. But the friendship faltered when Arthurs converted to Islam and grew angry at U.S. actions in Muslim countries.
When investigators searched the condo where they all lived, they discovered bomb-making materials in Russell’s room, as well as neo-Nazi literature and a photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Russell, who told police he was member of Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi group active on college campuses, pleaded guilty to federal explosives charges and was sentenced to five years in prison.