Youngstown murder trial continues; judge rules accused mentally competent

michael paige murder trial hearing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown murder case is heading back to court for a second time.

Judge Maureen Sweeney ruled on Monday that Michael Paige is competent to stand trial for the death of Munir Blake in 2012.

Police said Paige shot Blake after Blake accused him and Jasmin Fletcher of stealing electricity from his apartment on Lora Avenue on Youngstown’s North Side. In March 2014, Fletcher was convicted of tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice for her part in the murder.

A jury trial for the murder case was previously held, and the jury found Paige not guilty of aggravated murder. Jurors could not come to an agreement on the murder charge, however.

Defense lawyers argued that Paige was not mentally stable to stand trial again, but the judge disagreed and set trial for next January.

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