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Arkansas judge rules teen mentally fit for murder trial

April 4, 2019

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has ruled that a teenager accused of abducting and killing a 71-year-old woman is mentally fit to stand trial.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Judge Troy Braswell reviewed a mental health evaluation before ruling Wednesday that the 17-year-old boy is fit to stand trial.

The teen and 19-year-old Tacori Mackrell are charged with capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft of property in the July slaying of Elvia Fragstein.

The 17-year-old has been charged as an adult although he was 16 at the time. His attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the case or transfer it to juvenile court.

Mackrell’s defense attorney has also asked for his client’s mental capacity to be evaluated. The findings are likely to be disclosed at Mackrell’s pretrial hearing May 21.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com