- Associated Press - Saturday, March 4, 2017

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has found a man accused of killing two people in Mason City not mentally competent to stand trial.

Mason City television station KIMT reports (https://bit.ly/2lIkSuv ) that Peter Veal was found not mentally competent on Friday at a hearing in Mason City. Veal was sent to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, a forensic psychiatric hospital, for treatment.

Veal has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. His scheduled January trial was put on hold when the judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for him.

Officers sent to a home to check on a shooting report on Nov. 17 found the bodies of Caleb Christensen and Melinda Kavars. Autopsies showed Christensen died from several “sharp-force” injuries and Kavars died from a gunshot wound to her neck and chest.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/


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