Teen in Ohio slaying is incompetent for trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled that one of the two teens charged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Ohio boy is mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The Franklin County judge has ordered that the 17-year-old suspect be placed in residential treatment center for up to one year to try to get him competent for trial.

Ohio law says juveniles found incompetent in a delinquency murder case can’t stand trial unless they become competent within 12 months.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/101wB53 ) reports that the decision was based on an evaluation that determined the teen is currently unable to understand the charges against him or assist his attorney.

The youth and a 15-year-old boy are charged in the Jan. 17 shooting of 15-year-old Kaewaun Coleman during an after-school fight.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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