Suspect refuses competency evaluation

Next hearing on tap in October for alleged murderer

Nashua police photo Devin Tappan, 31, formerly of 32 Kinsley St., Apt. 1, Nashua

NASHUA – After refusing to meet with a forensic psychiatrist earlier this year for a competency evaluation, accused Nashua murderer Devin Tappan must now wait until late October for his next court hearing, according to his case file.

Tappan, 31, who is charged with two counts of second-degree murder for allegedly bludgeoning to death his roommate in January 2017, was ruled, in July 2017, incompetent to stand trial, but potentially restorable.

That set the stage for psychiatrist Dr. Albert M. Drukteinis’s attempt to re-evaluate him roughly a year later.

Court documents don’t indicate whether Tappan later submitted to a re-evaluation, but they do show that the parties agreed to continue a competency hearing until Oct. 26 in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South.

Tappan lived at 32 Kinsley St., Apt. 1, at the time of the alleged murder. He was arrested the next day after police, called to the residence on a well-being check, discovered the body of 45-year-old Javier Rivera Afanador.

Although defendants, in most cases, are released from custody upon being found incompetent, the state probate court deemed Tappan “dangerous” and ordered him involuntarily, or civilly, committed to the State Prison’s Secure Psychological Unit.

In addition to the two murder charges, Tappan also faces four felony counts of robbery, which stem from alleged incidents in late 2016, a few weeks before he was arrested for Alfanador’s murder.

He stands accused of robbing Walgreens, 283 Main St., on Oct. 24 and Nov. 30; a Rite Aid store on Nov. 21; and a Shell gas station on Nov. 28.

Tappan allegedly brandished a knife in each of the robberies, the documents state.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.