Prosecutor: Inmate accused in guard’s death deemed competent

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TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A prosecutor says an Arkansas inmate who’s been at a psychiatric hospital since being accused in the beating death of a jail guard is now competent to stand trial.

Tramell Hunter is accused of killing correctional officer Lisa Mauldin and injuring another officer in a December 2016 attack at Texarkana’s Miller County jail.

Experts at Arkansas State Hospital have previously found Hunter not fit to stand trial because of mental illness.

The Texarkana Gazette reports Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Potter Barrett says Hunter has now been deemed competent and responsible at the time of the alleged murder and assault.

Barrett said Hunter is being transferred Monday from the hospital to the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Hunter, who has pleaded not guilty.

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