Competency hearing continues for man accused of killing Daytona Beach couple during Bike Week

Jean Macean faces death penalty if convicted

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A competency hearing for a man accused of killing a Daytona Beach couple last year during Bike Week is continuing Friday morning.

Jean Macean is accused of randomly targeting Terry and Brenda Aultman and stabbing them to death in March 2022 as they rode their bicycles. The competency hearing started Thursday morning.

Police said the couple was heading home from Bike Week festivities when Macean attacked them with a knife, stabbing them and slashing their throats.

Brenda and Terry Aultman (Contributed Photo (Daytona Beach Police Department))

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In February, a judge ruled Macean was incompetent to proceed in the case. The judge said that Macean did not have the presence of mind to understand his attorneys’ explanations regarding the case against him, he has an unspecified psychosis and that there is a substantial chance he could be a danger to himself or others without treatment.

However, a doctor from the Florida Department of Children and Families said in May that he no longer meets the criteria for commitment to the Florida State Hospital.

Macean faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted of the crime.

The State Attorney’s Office told News 6 on Friday that the case will involve a reserved ruling, which likely won’t come out for a couple of weeks.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.