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Ark man found competent for trial on murder charge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state prison inmate has been found to be competent to stand trial on charges he raped and killed a Little Rock woman in 1990.

A Pulaski County judge ruled Friday that 41-year-old John Yancey is fit for trial. Yancey is charged with capital murder and rape in the July 1990 death of Treva Parks. He has pleaded innocent by reason of mental disease.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that a defense psychiatrist testified that Yancey has bipolar disorder - but the symptoms are in remission. A state psychiatrist testified he found
no evidence of mental disease.

Yancey was charged in July 2010 after his DNA was matched to blood found on a towel in Parks' apartment. Yancey's DNA was entered into the state database when he was convicted of domestic battery and aggravated assault in 2009.

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