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Manslaughter suspect may finally be deemed fit for trial

January 30, 2019

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with manslaughter in the death of a 60-year-old patient at a mental health center seven years ago may soon go to trial.

The Cape Cod Times reports that a forensic psychiatrist told a judge 27-year-old Nicholas Davenport, of Eastham, was competent to stand trial at a court hearing this month.

Davenport has been at a state psychiatric hospital since his arrest in 2011 in connection with the death of 60-year-old Jason Lew.

Lew died of a heart attack two weeks after an altercation with Davenport at a Bourne mental health center. Prosecutors say a fatal blood clot formed after Lew stopped taking blood thinners due to a bruise caused by Davenport.

Davenport has been found not competent eight times. His attorney has contacted an independent doctor.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodtimes.com

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