Ohio judge to decide if man is mentally fit

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northern Ohio is going to decide whether a man accused of killing his adoptive parents is mentally competent to stand trial.

Thirty-three-year-old Rodney Stutzman is charged with fatally shooting 68-year-old Mervin Stutzman and his 65-year-old wife Viola in January 2011 on their farm near Wooster.

Authorities said Rodney Stutzman killed the couple with a shotgun, then decapitated his father.

The (Canton) Repository (http://bit.ly/WKiNfq ) reports that Rodney Stutzman has been released from a mental health facility and is in the county jail awaiting the judge's ruling.

At the competency hearing last week, Judge Corey Spitler heard testimony from two mental health professionals with differing views on whether the defendant is competent to stand trial.

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Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com

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