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State judge rules Lafayette teenager competent to stand trial in death of flea market employee


LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — A state district court judge has ruled that Lafayette teenager, who is accused of killing a man at a flea market in 2014, is mentally competent to stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1eXiYCD) Judge Patrick Michot on Thursday also ordered future court documents containing the teen's medical records sealed from public view.

The teenager is accused of killing Jockey Lot flea market employee 49-year-old Michael Patin on Feb. 2, 2014.

A Lafayette Parish grand jury charged the teen with first-degree murder.

If convicted, the teenager faces life in prison.

Michot has not set a trial date.

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

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