Man found competent to be tried in 4 Ala. slayings

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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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