- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A public defender representing a 73-year-old man accused of setting fire to his room at a Connecticut nursing home has requested that her client undergo a competency evaluation.

The Hartford Courant reports (https://cour.at/2bn1M9z ) attorney Claudia Jones told Harford Superior Court Judge Carl Taylor on Thursday that she was having difficulty communicating with her client, Rodrick Peters.

Peters has been charged with first-degree arson in connection with the June 18 blaze at Touchpoints in Bloomfield. Authorities say Peters used two rolls of toilet paper to set fire to a wood cabinet in his room at the nursing home.

Jones said Peters is showing signs of dementia and doesn’t appear to understand what is going on.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, https://www.courant.com

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