Doctor: Teen in fatal bat beating is competent for trial

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A doctor says a teenager accused of beating a 30-year-old developmentally disabled man to death in his Boulder apartment is competent to stand trial.

The Daily Camera reports the doctor at the Mental Health Institute at Pueblo examined 19-year-old Luke Pelham after concerns about the teen's intellectual disability were raised. Defense attorneys have asked for another evaluation because of what they say are "fundamental problems" with the doctor's analysis.

District Judge Patrick Butler has set a Feb. 10 hearing to decide whether he will grant another evaluation.

Pelham and 18-year-old Austin Holford are accused of killing Aaron Tuneberg while trying to steal his video game console March 31. Police say Tuneberg suffered serious head injuries when he was beaten with an aluminum baseball bat and a golf club.

He died a week after the assault.


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