Convicted Sex Offender Found Competent to Stand Trial

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an autistic girl in Odessa is competent to face a jury.

An Ector County Judge made that ruling on Monday for 24-year-old Dewayne Billings.

The kidnapping happened back in 2007.

Last year, Billings was found incompetent and was sent to a state hospital to undergo treatment.

Billings' attorney wants a change of venue, because of all the media coverage surrounding the case, and hopes to begin the trial this winter.