Louisiana Man Accused in Slayings Found Competent for Trial

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
February 27, 2019US News
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Louisiana Man Accused in Slayings Found Competent for Trial
The Louisiana man accused of killing three people and wounding another in 2017 has been found competent to stand trial (East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office/AP)

BATON ROUGE, La.—A Louisiana man accused of killing three people and wounding another in 2017 has been found competent to stand trial.

The Advocate reports Ryan Sharpe’s defense attorney, Tommy Damico, says his client was moved over the weekend to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison from a state mental facility.


Doctors at the state facility in Jackson say Sharpe understands the nature of the charges against him and is able to assist his attorney. Sharpe was initially found to be incompetent to stand trial in competency rulings that did not address his sanity during the slayings.

Damico says his client has no memory of the time periods when the slayings happened, and he may plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Sharpe is charged with first- and second-degree murder and attempted murder.

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