Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal’s mentally ill son, Redmond O’Neal, said he heard voices telling him he should "kill someone" just before he went on a week-long violent crime spree in Los Angeles last year, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report from shocking court documents.
The 34-year old is facing at least 20 years in state prison for attempted murder charges relating to May 2018 incidents where he allegedly stabbed one man in the head with a knife and seriously injured another with a broken glass bottle, according to prosecutors.
The criminal case has been on hold for more than a year while O’Neal is stuck in legal limbo at mental health court after his attorney, Nina Daly, called into question his competency to stand trial.
According to a report written by forensic psychologist Nancy Kaser-Boyd, O'Neal reportedly told his long-time psychologist, Dr. Wayne Sandler, he heard those voices that have haunted him since childhood.
Kaser-Boyd, who had face-to-face interviews with O'Neal at a Los Angeles County jail on May 29 and June 4, deemed he was not competent to stand trial.
"Regarding his most recent charge, both his self-report and collateral information from his long-term family physician indicated that Mr. O'Neal said he heard voices that told him to kill someone, which ultimately led his current charges related to attacking the victim by stabbing him," Kaser-Boyd wrote in her June 30 evaluation.
"He reported that he continues to hear auditory hallucinations, and the voices entail negative self-talk, and themes about people being out to get him."
Doctors who also saw O'Neal during one of his numerous jail stints wrote in a May 2001 report that O'Neal's auditory hallucination have also urged him to kill himself, according Kaser-Boyd.
Kaser-Boyd also wrote O'Neal's long history of substance abuse began in adolescence, which was when his brain was still developing.
This "ultimately led to compounding problems with inattention, focus, behavioral outbursts, and legal problems," Kaser-Boyd claimed. "Therefore, while Mr. O'Neal may have experienced early, underlying stressors that triggered maladaptive coping through drug use, this created the pattern by which he engaged in repeated patterns of substance use, legal issues, and concurrent mental health problems."
In her report, Kaser-Boyd deemed O'Neal incompetent to stand trial for several reasons, including that the famous son can't grasp basic court procedures.
He also could be prone to "decompensate" during a trial because of possible emotional outbursts that occur when he feels anxious and overwhelmed, the psychologist said.
As Radar readers know, O'Neal was diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, poly-substance abuse and antisocial personality disorder.
Kaser-Boyd is the third healthcare professional to opine on whether or not O'Neal is competent to stand trial. Psychiatrist Dr. Sanjay Shagal deemed O'Neal incompetent after reviewing his extensive rap sheet and mental health records. The second psychologist, Anna Kafka, initially deemed him incompetent, but later changed her opinion after interviewing O'Neal for 10 to 15 minutes in court on December 2018.
During a hearing at mental health court last week, Commissioner Laura Stremer said she is concerned O'Neal has not been taking his medications while he is in custody.
Daly and O'Neal's godmother, Mela Murphy, have been fighting to send O'Neal to a state hospital where he would be forced to take his medication.
Once O'Neal has been treated at a mental state hospital, he could be brought back to finally face his criminal charges.
At the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Christine Kee told Commissioner Stremer she is "leaning toward" a court trial where both sides would be able to present their argument on whether or not O'Neal is competent to stand trial.
If he is deemed competent, O'Neal's case would be placed back in criminal court.