GRAHAM, N.C. — Charges have been dropped in a retirement home killing in North Carolina because the suspect is mentally ill.

The Times-News of Burlington reported that a Superior Court ruling said that 56-year-old Ulysses Pete Stewart does not have the mental capacity to go to trial.

Stewart had been charged in the 2014 death of 62-year-old Kevin Chadderton by hitting him with a wooden table at the retirement home where they lived in Burlington.

The ruling said those who have treated Stewart for more than two years have concluded he is unlikely to recover enough mental capacity to be tried.

The ruling says Stewart suffers from visual hallucinations, paranoid and delusional thinking.

Stewart had been evaluated several times since his arrest and commitment.


Information from: Times-News, http://www.thetimesnews.com

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