The Tenth Circuit has vacated a court order granting a motion to allow the involuntary medication of the defendant.
Reydecel Chavez is a native of Mexico and was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922, of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, also in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922, and reentry of a removed alien, in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326(a) and (b).
Chavez was found incompetent to stand trial, due to his paranoid schizophrenia. However, he also refused antipsychotic medication that would help render him competent. The district court, in turn, ordered Chavez to be involuntarily medicated.