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Teen accused of killing man in 2014 is mentally fit to stand trial, a psychologist reports


LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — One of two psychologists called on to examine a Lafayette youth accused in the 2014 killing of a flea market employee says teen is mentally fit to stand trial.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1I8pnFg) F.T. Friedberg, a Lafayette clinical psychologist, said Monday although the teenager was depressed during the examination and that he often cried at night in his jail cell, the 16-year-old showed no signs of a having a cognitive disorder.

Friedberg also noted that the teen had a "very chaotic" childhood and that the youth took drugs when he was 13.

The teen allegedly shot Michael Patin at the Jockey Lot in north Lafayette Parish near Carencro in early February 2014.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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