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Judge says Oxford man competent to stand trial in slaying of his own mother and half-brother


OXFORD, Mississippi — A judge has ruled that an Oxford man charged with shooting and killing his mother and half-brother in November 2013 is competent to stand trial.

The Oxford Eagle (http://bit.ly/rekix0 ) reports that Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth on Friday declared Regis Mister able to stand trial and able to assist attorneys in his own defense, based on the findings of a mental evaluation.

Mister's attorneys did not challenge the doctor's findings.

Mister, now 27, is a former Yalobusha County Sheriff's deputy. He was indicted in March 2014 on two counts of murder in the slayings of his mother, 43-year-old Carol Lavett Gary; and her son, 12-year-old Patrick Earl "PJ" Gary Jr.

No trial date has been set. Mister is being held without bond at the Lafayette County jail.

Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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