- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state psychiatrist says a man charged in the stabbing death of his father in Little Rock nearly 16 years ago is now competent for trial.

The finding that Harold Charles II is competent and knew right from wrong when his father was killed comes about four years after other state psychiatrists said they doubted Charles would ever be sane enough for trial.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/218gALQ ) that attorneys for Charles say they’ll challenge the latest finding, but need months to prepare.

Charles was arrested in 2009 for threatening his mother and to burn her house. He then confessed to the November 2000 stabbing death of his father - Harold Charles Sr.

The younger Charles later said he confessed because he was homeless and needed a place to stay.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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