Columbus courts: Mentally handicapped man charged in 2010 stabbing death released to group home

A mentally impaired man charged this week with murder has been released from jail into a group home pending a psychological evaluation.

Brokeel Ransom, 19, is accused of stabbing caretaker Julius Rogers, 69, with a steak knife at the Rogers Grocery & Rib Shop on Steam Mill Road. Authorities have said he has a limited mental capacity and will likely be incapable of standing trial.

Chief Superior Court Judge John D. Allen this afternoon ordered Ransom released to the home caring for him before he was charged. It wasn't immediately clear when the evaluation would be completed.

Police have said filing murder charges against Ransom was the quickest means of getting him under the state's auspices and into a treatment facility.

Rogers, who was co-owner of Rogers Grocery Ribs and Rogers Tap Room and Package Store, died Feb. 1, 2011. Ransom wasn't charged until Tuesday, when he appeared in Recorder's Court for a preliminary hearing.

Public defender Charles Lykins said Ransom only speaks one or two words at a time and didn't understand where he was during Tuesday's hearing. Authorities have said Ransom is autistic and prone to act out if his routine is broken.