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Suspect in college football player's death ruled competent


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man charged with killing a football player and wounding New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine in a Kansas shooting will stand trial after a court-appointed psychiatrist changed his initial diagnosis that the suspect was incompetent.

Francisco Mendez, 19, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 2019 shooting of Washburn University football player Dwane Simmons and the wounding of Ballentine.

The psychiatrist, David Blakely, said during a competency hearing that Mendez pretended not to understand the judicial proceedings against him, prompting Blakely...

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