Competency hearing resumes next week in Boulder slaying

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A hearing on whether a 19-year-old is mentally competent to stand trial in a Boulder slaying will resume Wednesday after two experts testified some of his skills are in the low range.

Luke Pelham is charged with murder and other counts in the fatal beating last year of 30-year-old Aaron Tuneberg, who was mentally disabled. Prosecutors say Pelham and another teen tried to steal Tuneberg's Xbox.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports speech language pathologist Joan Aneloski and forensic psychology expert Philip O'Donnell testified Thursday that Pelham had developmental shortcomings. Both stopped short of saying he was incompetent to stand trial.

Last month, 19-year-old Austin Holford pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges in Tuneberg's death. He faces 48 to 70 years in prison when he's sentenced May 6.

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