- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Salina man was mentally competent when he stood trial for murder in 2011.

Saline County District Court Judge Patrick Thompson on Tuesday denied Thomas Jenkins’ motion to dismiss his conviction for first-degree murder in the June 2009 death of 24-year-old Alfred Mack Jr. in Salina.

The Kansas Supreme Court sent the case back to the district court last October to decide the competency issue. Prosecutors acknowledged that a competency hearing that was ordered for Jenkins in 2010 was never conducted and he was on suicide watch before the trial.

The Salina Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1cZYeKd ) a psychotherapist found him competent for trial in 2010.

Thompson heard testimony from the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and others who interacted with Jenkins at the time of the trial.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, https://www.salina.com

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