Lance Marley has been deemed competent to stand trial.
The ruling came Wednesday afternoon in Gibson Circuit Court, according to the Princeton Daily Clarion.
The case against Marley, who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death, was set to begin in August before a motion was granted for Marley to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Marley was taken into custody in October of 2016 after police were called to the residence he and his girlfriend, Lindsey Fleck, both lived. There, they found Fleck in the driveway not breathing, with Marley nearby.
Marley faces a murder charge in the case. If found guilty on the charge, he could face up to 65 years in prison.
The newspaper reports that the ruling came after an argument by defense attorney Terrell Maurer. According to Maurer, jail records indicate that Marley attempted to stab himself over the summer with a plastic utensil, claimed to hear voices and believed that a chip was planted inside his head. According to Maurer, these instances were enough to “make it impossible to have a reasonable conversation with him to assist in his defense.”
Also speaking Wednesday was clinical psychologist David Cerling, who stated that after interviewing and testing Marley in September, he believed the accused to be competent to stand trial. Cerling noted that he conducted a test on Marley to determine if he was faking symptoms. According to the newspaper, if a person scores above a 14 on the test, they seem to be faking their symptoms. Marley scored a 37.
A second test done by Psychiatrist Rebecca Mueller took place on August 25th. According to Mueller, Marley didn’t mention any hallucinations.
According to Gibson County Prosecutor Michael Cochren, the state believes the doctors’ reports point to Marley being competent enough to stand trail.
He will now do so on November 27th. A final pretrial hearing will take place on November 22nd.