Man accused of killing 8 in Va. found competent

The man accused of killing eight people in central Virginia has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Christopher Speight is charged with capital murder in the January slayings in Appomattox. He was sent to a state mental hospital for treatment in June.

Defense attorney Neil Horn told The News & Advance on Thursday that a hearing has been set in Appomattox Circuit Court to review a report from Central State Hospital declaring Speight competent. A judge sent the 41-year-old Speight to the hospital after a psychologist found he was too mentally ill to assist his lawyers or stand trial.


Information from: The News & Advance,