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(Neb.)-Man Ruled Competent To Stand Trial In Sidney Killing

By: Chris Fankhauser Posted at: 08/01/2012 01:26 PM

     SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - A western Nebraska judge has ruled that a 47-year-old is now mentally competent to face a murder charge in court.
     Judge Derek Weimer on Tuesday said Craig Johnson will stand trial in the slaying of 42-year-old April Smith. Johnson is charged with second-degree murder, accused of killing Smith in December at the home they shared eight miles west of Sidney.
     Johnson has pleaded not guilty.
     Weimer ruled in March that Johnson was incompetent to stand trial and sent him to Lincoln for treatment.
     The newspaper says Weimer made his new ruling after reading an evaluation that said Johnson's competency had been restored.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press)


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