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Judge: Man still not mentally competent for murder trial

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a North Carolina man who is accused of fatally stabbing a woman in 2011 is still not competent to stand trial for murder
The Winston-Salem Journal reported Monday that Cornelius Tucker Jr. will be sent to the Central Regional Hospital.
He faces a first-degree-murder charge in the death of Constance Edwina Hall. The 47-year-old was found dead in a trash can. DNA tests led Winston-Salem police to arrest Tucker in 2015.
Forsyth Superior Court Judge David Hall signed an order on Thursday that involuntarily commits Tucker to a hospital until at least June 1, 2021.
Tucker may never be able to stand trial because of his history of mental illness as well as a slew of physical medical issues, according to court documents.
David Botchin, Tucker’s attorney, said his client has been diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder with psychotic features. Tucker also has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, seizure disorder and hepatitis.
Prosecutor Jonathan Shrader agreed that Tucker was not capable to proceed to trial.

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