Judge Hears Testimony On Death Row Inmate's Competency

A judge who heard testimony from three psychiatrists must decide if a man on North Carolina's death row is competent to be executed.

Superior Court Judge Robert Bell heard testimony Monday and Tuesday in the case of 48-year-old Guy LeGrande. He's been on death row eleven years for killing Ellen Munford.

LeGrande's execution date last December was postponed because of concerns about his mental health. Bell's decision is expected in the next few weeks.

The three psychiatrists think LeGrande is likely bipolar or psychotic, although they disagreed on whether he's competent to stand trial. They had to make the evaluations at a distance because he refused to speak with them.

LeGrande told Bell he won't talk with psychiatrists and attorneys because he doesn't trust them.


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