- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania man has been found competent to stand trial in the 2014 death of his neighbor in a Scranton housing project.

Twenty-seven-year-old Joseph Thornton is charged in Lackawanna County in the death of 29-year-old Stephanie Tyminski, who was found dead in a bathtub at Valley View Terrace in December 2014.

He was earlier deemed incompetent to stand trial, but prosecutors said he was considered a good candidate for mental competency if he took medication. The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1WgImHI ) reports that a judge on Friday found him competent to face the charges.

Authorities said bloodstains were found in Thornton’s apartment and the victim had repeatedly rejected his advances. On Friday, Thornton complained about delays in his case and called the court proceeding a “waste of time.”


Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/



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