Banales Found Incompetent To Stand Trial

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

George Banales has been found incompetent to stand trial on murder and arson charges.

Police say the 29 year old Banales started a fire that killed 52 year old Rebecca Banales in her trailer back on December 16, 2008.

Rebecca Banales is the suspects mother.

In May, Banales was indicted by the Wood County Grand Jury.

He is facing first degree murder and arson charges.

Also in May, Banales was granted a psychiatric evaluation during his arraignment.

During a hearing this morning in Judge J.D. Beane's courtroom, Banales was found to be incompetent to stand trial on the charges.

Banales will be sent to a mental health facility until be is found competent to stand trial on the charges.


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  • by Itsme! Location: Parkersburg on Sep 22, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    George used to be a very close friend of mine and I still agree with PARKERSBURG GIRL. I saw the change in him. He is not the same person he once was and has not been for a very long time. The man has some MASSIVE issues. Maybe being in the "Nut ward", as most of you so kindly put it, will actually help him deal with what he's done...not just to his mother but to many other people as well. When and if he ever really figures out the depth of what he has done..he is really gonna need those doctors and meds!
  • by PARKERSBURG GIRL Location: PARKERSBURG on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:56 PM
    JOSE ARE YOU SERIOUS WITH ALL THAT RAMBLING THERE IS NOT IF HE DID IT OR GUILTY TILL PROVEN INNOCENT FORENSICS PROVES HE HAD THE FLAMABLE SUBSTANCE ON HIS CLOTHES THAT REBECCA HIS OWN MOTHER WAS BURNED ALIVE WITH ALONG WITH HIS PREVIOUS THREATS WHAT MORE IS THERE IT IS PPL LIKE YOU THAT CREATE BAD INFLUENCES ON OUR SOCIETY ITS NOT ABOUT WISHING HARM TO HIM IT IS ABOUT PUTTING HIM WHERE HE ISNT AROUND ANYONE SO HE CANT HURT ANYONE WOULD YOU WANT HIM TO BE UR NEIBOR SO NEXT TIME MAYBE HE COULD CATCH UR HOUSE ON FIRE TOO!! COME ON NOW IT ISNT EVEN ABOUT JUSTICE IT IS ABOUT PROTECTION OF THE PEOPLE THATS WHAT THE LAW IS SUPPOSE TO BE FOR HE COULD DO ANYTHING TO ANYONE THAT IS LOCKED UP IN THE NUT WARD WITH HIM
  • by jose Location: parkersburg on Sep 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    “Guilt or innocence becomes irrelevant in the criminal trials as we flounder in a morass of artificial rules poorly conceived and often impossible to apply.”~chief justice. Hmm...what kind of person needs to be punished? Someone who is sitting in jail that may or may not be guilty, or someone that would rather see something horrible happen to a man who is still innocent? I believe the sick people who want something bad to happen to this man need to get a psychiatric evaluation way more than George, since they must have hallucinated a trial and a conviction in their heads that hasn't even occured. INNOCENT until proven guilty.
  • by PARKERSBURG GIRL Location: PARKERSBURG on Sep 18, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    NO, HE CANT JUST WALK OUT THE FRONT DOOR BUT PPL HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO ESCAPE FROM THERE. BUT THIS IS WHAT GEORGE KNEW WOULD HAPPEN JUST LIKE LAST YEAR WHEN HE STOLE THE CAR FROM SUPERIOR TOYOTA CAR LOT AND COMMITTED OTHER CRIMES IN THE PROCESS AND GOT OUT OF IT WITH INSANITY PLEA. ANYONE THAT KNOWS GEORGE KNOWS HE KNOWS HOW TO PLAY PPL AND THE SYSTEM AND HE CAN BE VERY CONVINCING!!!
  • by Les Location: Lubeck on Sep 18, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    They keepin' him in the nut ward FOREVER??
  • by Amazed Location: Parkersburg on Sep 18, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    Nice to know society's view of mental illness hasn't evolved over the years.
  • by Joe Location: Vienna on Sep 17, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    So this guy is going to a hospital where he can walk out the front door........you got to be kidding?
  • by concerned Location: ohio on Sep 17, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    does this judge enjoy letting criminals go?
  • by disgusted Location: ohio on Sep 17, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    this man is not incompetent: he is just a monster. i knew his mother, she gave me food out of her basement when i was starving. do you think he was incompetent when he shot his brother trying to kill him? they should of never let him out then but somehow he was allowed to be freed. it disgusts me the judge would even consider sending him to a mental hospital. he isn't sick he is just evil. if it were up to me he should be fried or never allowed to see the light of day.
  • by Itsme! Location: Parkersburg on Sep 17, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    I also feel there is more to this story than is being told or known.. I guess we will never know! George went crazy a loooong time ago! He was a beautiful person @ 1 time, inside and out. Life happens, some of us can deal with it.. some of us can't. It is very sad for all involved. My prayers are with George, Becky, and Daniel.. May peace find them all.
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