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Man charged in Flamion shooting declared unfit for trial


Antonio Taylor, the man charged with shooting former Ballwin police officer Michael Flamion during a traffic stop in July 2016, has been found unfit to stand trial.

That decision by St. Louis County Judge Ellen “Nellie” Ribaudo came after a second round of mental examinations for Taylor.

In April 2018, Ribaudo ordered the first round of mental examinations for Taylor at the Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center. As a result of those tests, she declared Taylor unfit to stand trial, a ruling he initially challenged.

In August 2018, Taylor withdrew his initial objection and requested a second round of mental exams, which Ribaudo ordered last October. The results of those exams were presented in a closed court hearing on April 12.

According to the prosecuting attorney’s office, Ribaudo has ordered Taylor to be committed to the Department of Mental Health for six months. After which, his mental health will be re-evaluated per state law. Should Taylor be found competent to stand trial at that time, prosecutors could proceed with criminal charges.

Taylor previously has served time for unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest in Missouri, robbery in Oklahoma and felony gun possession in a federal prison.

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