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Tampa man accused of killing HART bus driver found incompetent to stand trial

Posted: 11:34 AM, Aug 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-23 17:30:54-04
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Justin McGriff, the man accused of killing a HART bus driver in May, has been ruled incompetent to stand trial, the state attorney's office says.

McGriff is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Thomas Dunn.

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Back in May, the Tampa Police Department responded to a call of a bus driver being stabbed by a passenger at North Nebraska Avenue and East Lotus Avenue. Upon arrival, TPD began searching for the stabbing suspect and officers eventually spotted McGriff near I-275.

TPD officers detained McGriff after a short chase. McGriff was originally only charged with resisting arrest without violence, but police later announced he was charged with first-degree murder.

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Since then, new safety barriers were approved to protect drivers.

When Dunn was killed, he did not have a safety partition between himself and the passenger to protect him from the attack.

McGriff has been sent to a state mental hospital for treatment.