Judge: Teen charged in fatal bat beating competent for trial

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

The Daily Camera reports District Judge Patrick Butler ruled Wednesday that 19-year-old Luke Pelham had been restored to competency after several months of evaluation. In January, a doctor at the state mental health hospital deemed Pelham was competent to stand trial.

Pelham and 19-year-old Austin Holford are accused of killing 30-year-old Aaron Tuneberg while trying to steal his video game console March 31. Police say Tuneberg suffered serious head injuries when he was beaten with a baseball bat and a golf club.

Holford pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and other charges. He faces 48 to 70 years in prison when he's sentenced May 6.


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