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Jonathan Meline competency hearing set July 23

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm | No Comments »
June 14, 2013 2:40 pm

Jonathan Meline, a diagnosed schizophrenic who killed his father last October, will have a competency hearing July 23 in Pierce County Superior Court.

Often delayed, the hearing had been scheduled next week, but prosecutor Steve Penner requested one last delay – this one for the survivors of Rob Meline.

His wife, Kim, and three of the couples four daughters, had scheduled a brief family vacation in Hawaii next week back when the hearing was originally to happen last week.

Meline, 29, has confessed to killing his father in his Tacoma home with a hatchet. Defense attorneys will provide expert testimony that he is not capable of helping in  his own defense and therefor should be found incompetent.

The prosecutor’s expert witnesses will argue he is competent.

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