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Hearing to resume for Ark. man accused of killing

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) - A hearing to determine whether a death row inmate convicted of killing a woman at a transient camp was competent to stand trial is set to resume Tuesday.

Rickey Newman was sentenced to die for the 2001 death of Marie Cholette. The Arkansas Supreme Court sent Newman's case back to circuit court after a court-appointed psychologist acknowledged he made mistakes during his evaluation of Newman and found him competent to stand trial in 2002.

On Thursday, a defense psychiatrist testified that Newman probably had post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues when he went on trial. Prosecutors argued that motions
Newman filed were evidence that he understood the proceedings.

Dr. Pablo Stewart said Newman may have had a superficial factual understanding of the proceedings, but not a rational one.

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