BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Mac Parsons has declared Scott Lamar Abbott mentally competent to stand trial for the March 2009 murder of four people in a Hueytown house.
The 25-year-old Abbott is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 31-year-old William Chad Gilbert, 27-year-old Jeri Lynn Cole, 24-year-old Nika Sandlin and 26-year-old Joshua Gilleo.
Authorities believe a soured relationship between Abbott and one of the victims led to the killings. The victims were slashed and stabbed with a knife.
Abbott's lawyers said Wednesday they will move forward with a plea of not guilty by reason of mental defect. Two forensic psychologists evaluated Abbott and determined he is competent to stand trial.
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