Man accused of eight murders is competent to stand trial
A man accused of killing his sister and seven other people in Appomattox has been declared competent to stand trial.
Appomattox Circuit Judge Richard Blanton issued the ruling on Friday during a hearing for 41-year old Christopher Speight.
He was charged in late January after the shootings at a house that he shared with his sister and her family. He was the object of an 18-hour manhunt before finally surrendering.
In June, Speight was sent to a state mental hospital for treatment after a psychologist found him too mentally ill to assist his lawyers or stand trial. During the hearing Friday, defense lawyers did not object to the hospital’s finding that Speight was now competent to assist in his defense.
No trial date has been set. There’ll be another hearing on January 4th.
John Ogle, WCVE News