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Judge: Hudson Valley man competent to stand trial in bludgeoning death of 86-year-old mother

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KINGSTON, New York — A judge has ruled that a 54-year-old Hudson Valley man is mentally competent to stand trial in the bludgeoning death of his 86-year-old mother.

The decision was made Friday by Ulster County Judge Don Williams.

Mark Carpino is accused of murdering his mother in April of last year by hitting her in the head with a hammer inside their home. She died from severe skull and brain injuries, according to a medical examiner.

Carpino, who's being held without bail at Ulster County Jail, spent nearly nine months at a psychiatric center after a judge ruled he wasn't fit to stand trial. But in June the acting director of the facility signed an order saying he was no longer incapacitated.

It could not immediately be determined if Carpino has a lawyer.

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