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Man accused of shooting mom's goddaughter found incompetent to stand trial

Janel Hamilton, 19, staying with family before heading to college

Hashim Pew is accused of fatally shooting his mother's goddaughter.

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A man accused of fatally shooting his mother's goddaughter last year in Pembroke Pines is incompetent to stand trial, a Broward County judge ruled Monday.

The judge had Hasim Saeed Pew, 23, evaluated by two doctors, both of whom submitted their findings to the judge last week.

Police said Janel Hamilton, 19, was watching TV at Pew's home about 10 p.m. Oct. 14 when he shot her.

Police said two men, Kevin Pew and Eric Ortiz, held the suspect down on the floor and said Kevin Pew took the gun away from Hashim Pew.

According to an arrest report, the suspect was sitting on a bar stool at a table behind where Hamilton was sitting. Police said someone who was sitting on the couch with Hamilton got up to grab a blanket and heard a gunshot.

Police said Hashim Pew shot Hamilton once from behind and then walked closer to her, striking her again.

Kevin Pew tackled Hashim Pew to the floor, and Hashim said, "She's dead as (expletive) dawg," the report said.

Hamilton was from London and had planned to attend Kennesaw State University in January. Before beginning her studies, she was working at the Macy's department store in the Pembroke Lakes Mall.

Police said a .45-caliber semi-automatic firearm used in the shooting was recovered, and said the gun was stolen during a vehicle burglary in central Florida in 2008.

A motive for the shooting remains unclear.

Pew has a previous arrest history, which includes a grand theft auto and misdemeanor weapons charge.

According to court documents, Pew has been remanded into the custody of the Department of Children and Families for treatment in order to "attain competence to proceed," or become competent to stand trial later.


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