- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man charged with killing a passenger aboard a Metro train on Independence Day has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Judge Robert E. Morin said Friday that the trial for 18-year-old Jasper Spires will proceed after a District psychologist found he is mentally competent to stand trial. The psychologist wrote in a five-page report that although Spires spoke of hearing both male and female voices, he was still able to provide a “coherent account” of the details of his case and court procedures.

Spires is charged with first degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Sutherland aboard a red line train.

The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/1LcKMN8 ) reports Spires’ next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

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