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Defendant deemed competent for trial

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Four months after being sent for inpatient psychiatric care, a man facing three sex-related charges has been deemed competent to stand trial.

Chris Tuck, attorney for David Lee Cumbee, told a Pulaski County judge Monday that psychiatric officials indicate his client has been “restored to competency.”

“I disagree,” said Tuck. He indicated Cumbee, 66, of Pulaski, was unable to provide him with appropriate information concerning the case prior to Monday’s hearing.

Cumbee is charged with forcible sodomy, object sexual penetration and attempted sexual intercourse in connection with an incident that is alleged to have occurred in May 2011. In June 2012 he underwent a competency evaluation and was determined to be incompetent to stand trial. He was returned to competency in October of that year, but was determined to be incompetent again in September 2013.

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