- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors in northeastern Pennsylvania say a man has been deemed incompetent to stand trial in the death of his neighbor in a Scranton housing project a year ago.

But the Lackawanna County district attorneys’ office said a doctor found that 27-year-old Joseph Thornton is a good candidate for mental competency if he is willing to take medication.

District Attorney Gene Riccardo told The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1Z5aFam ) that a judge will be asked to send Thornton to a secure state facility for evaluation.

Thornton is charged with homicide and other counts in the death of 29-year-old Stephanie Tyminski, who was found dead in a bathtub at Valley View Terrace in December 2014.

Authorities said bloodstains had been found in his apartment and the victim had repeatedly rejected his advances.


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

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