- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia judge has ruled that a man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy is competent to stand trial.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/2hM4mMs ) reports that Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King set a March 27 trial date on Thursday for 24-year-old Jarrel Stricklen.

Stricklen is charged with murder in the May 2015 death of Gavin Aldridge. Police say he agreed to watch the child and first told police the boy drowned in a bathtub. But prosecutors say the boy was stuffed in a freezer before paramedics were called.

Stricklen’s trial was set for earlier this month, but a psychological report to determine whether Stricklen is competent hadn’t been provided to King.

Psychologist David Clayman testified on Thursday that Stricklen might still suffer from other defects that could impair or diminish his judgment.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.


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