Man Charged in Triple Killing Ruled Competent for Trial

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of killing two women and a child in a case that prompted a $1 million payment by the state has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial on capital murder charges, A Marshall County judge issued the ruling Tuesday and set a Jan. 10 trial date for 55-year-old Jimmy Spencer.

The court had ordered a psychological screening for the man after the defense raised questions about his mental health. Spencer was released from prison months before the slayings in July 2018. Relatives of the victims claimed he was wrongly released, and the state agreed to pay them $1 million in 2019.

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