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Accused Killer In Fallon Church Shooting Competent For Trial

FALLON, Nev. (AP) — A northern Nevada man accused of a shooting at a rural Mormon church that killed one man and wounded another during Sunday services has been ruled competent to stand trial.

 

KOLO-TV reports two psychologists testified Monday in Churchill District Court in Fallon that recent exams found John O'Connor competent to understand the process and charges against him.

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A date for a preliminary hearing in hasn't been set.

 

O'Connor is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2018 killing of 61-year-old Charles "Bert" Miller, a longtime volunteer firefighter in Fallon. He's also accused of battery with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Miller's 64-year-old brother, Duane of Utah.

 

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He's been treated at a mental hospital in Sparks since last September when a judge found him incompetent. His lawyer said earlier he's now able to assist in his own defense.