- Associated Press - Friday, June 21, 2019

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge has ordered competency evaluations for an Ohio man charged in two arson fires that killed nine people in his neighborhood.

Lawyers for 59-year-old Stanley Ford, of Akron, have argued he has brain damage and cognitive impairment and shouldn’t be facing a potential death penalty . Ford has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports a Summit County judge ordered the competency exams on Thursday and told Ford they will help determine whether he can assist in his own defense.

The fires occurred in April 2016 and May 2017. Prosecutors allege Ford had a “beef” with neighbors.

His trial was postponed for months to give the lawyers involved time to consult experts on questions about his mental condition. Jury selection is now scheduled Aug. 6.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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