Tate Competent To Stand Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Convicted child-killer Lionel Tate is competent and a hearing on whether he robbed a pizza delivery man can go forward.

That's what Circuit Judge Joel Lazarus ruled this morning in Fort Lauderdale. He said the hearing on the robbery will be held February 27th.

Tate, who is 18, had sent a letter to Lazarus earlier this month claiming he was "hearing voices" and that he had considered committing suicide.

But two psychologists who interviewed Tate told Lazarus that Tate is faking.

Tate gained national notoriety when at age 12 he became the youngest American in modern history to be sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of murdering a 6-year-old family friend. That conviction was thrown out on appeal and he was later released after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

He was arrested in May after a pizza delivery man said Tate robbed him at gunpoint.

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