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*Doctor says Slater incompetent to stand trial

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

(10:40 a.m.) WINCHESTER -- Justin Shane Slater is incompetent to stand trial for the June murders of his brother and ex-girlfriend, a doctor has found.

Slater appeared Monday in Frederick County-Winchester Juvenile and Domestic Relations court for a scheduled preliminary hearing on his charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm related to the June 10 shooting death of his brother, Gregory Scott Slater Jr.

But one of Slater's two attorneys, public defender Timothy Coyne, told Judge William W. Sharp that a doctor evaluated the defendant and concluded the man to be incompetent to stand trial on two counts of capital murder for the deaths of his brother and ex-girlfriend Kayleigh Marie Plamondon.

Coyne asked Sharp to continue Slater's preliminary hearing based on the doctor's conclusion. Frederick County Commonwealth's Attorney Glenn Williamson did not object to Coyne's request which the judge then granted. Sharp moved Slater's preliminary hearing to Oct. 28.

Slater is charged in Clarke County with capital murder, use of a firearm, breaking and entering into a home at night with intent to commit a felony and credit card theft. Frederick County authorities have charged Slater with a single count of capital murder.

The maximum penalty for capital murder in Virginia is death.

Frederick County authorities found Gregory Slater Jr., 28, in his home at 293 Valley Mill Road on June 11, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. The younger Slater was apprehended two days later near Wardensville, W.Va. Slater led authorities to Plamondon's body left in a house in Lost City, W.Va.

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b2866

So here's my question. If he is incompitent to stand trial because he can't understand his actions, do you allow him to go free? Or do you lock him up in a mental hospital so he is not a danger to himself or anyone else.

Steve

This is probably a defense tactic to avoid the death penalty for their client. He's gonna be locked up either in prison or a mental institute for a long time, if not forever. Too bad there may not be punitive justice for the victim's families though...but I don't think he will end up on the streets any time in the near future.

Not sure if they can wait until he is competent and try him then or not...perhaps an attorney reading this can enlighten us on what the future holds for him.

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