A Streetsboro man accused of shooting and killing an unarmed Akron man in a dispute over a dirt bike has been deemed mentally competent to stand trial.

Kerry O’Brien, William Knight’s attorney, is pursuing a self-defense theory. Knight will be evaluated by a psychologist from Columbus.

“He was defending his daughter and son-in-law,” O’Brien said Wednesday afternoon, following a status hearing in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Knight, 64, is charged with murder and felonious assault and is being held at the Summit County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Police say Knight and his family went March 20 to an Akron home on Danmead Avenue in response to an online ad for a dirt bike that had been stolen in 2016 from Knight’s son-in-law. An altercation ensued, and Knight shot and killed Keith Johnson, 24. The dirt bike was worth about $4,000, according to information provided by a 911 caller.

Knight told 911 dispatchers he feared for his son-in-law and his daughter — who was on the phone with dispatchers at the time — and “had no choice” but to shoot Johnson when he tried to flee with the dirt bike.

Knight has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Johnson’s family has said he wasn’t aware the bike was stolen. His family held protests after Knight’s arrest, saying Knight should have been charged with murder when he was arrested. Knight was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault.

Johnson’s family contended race played a part in the original, less severe charge. Knight is white while Johnson was black.

Knight had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. O’Brien asked for a mental evaluation, which he said he does in every murder case. An evaluation by the Summit County Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic found Knight to be competent.

O’Brien stipulated the evaluation Wednesday and withdrew Knight’s previous insanity plea. He said Jolie Brams, a psychologist, will meet with Knight in October.

Knight also is represented by attorney Jaclyn Palumbo. Knight will next be in court for another status hearing before Judge Tammy O’Brien at 2 p.m. Nov. 16. A final pretrial is set for 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and the trial for Jan. 22.

Kerry O’Brien and the judge aren’t related.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705 or swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @swarsmithabj and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/swarsmith.