Man accused of killing 8 in Appomattox found competent

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) - The man accused of killing eight people in Appomattox has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Christopher Speight is charged with capital murder in the deaths or four family members and four family friends. If convicted he faces the death penalty.

He was sent to a state mental hospital for treatment in June.

Defense attorney Neil Horn told The News & Advance on Thursday that a hearing has been set for Dec. 17 in Appomattox Circuit Court to review a report from Central State Hospital declaring Speight competent. A judge sent the 41-year-old Speight to the hospital after a psychologist found he was too mentally ill to assist his lawyers or to stand trial.

Information from: The News & Advance,

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