Suspect in Appomattox Slayings Ruled Incompetent

June 30, 2010

A judge has ruled that the man charged in the slayings of eight people in Appomattox County is incompetent to stand trial.

Appomattox County Circuit Court Judge Richard Blanton ordered last week that Christopher Speight be sent to a state psychiatric hospital. If he is found competent after treatment, Speight could stand trial for the January shooting deaths.

The judge had ordered a competency evaluation last month to determine whether the 40-year-old Speight is able to assist in his defense.

Speight faces three counts of capital murder and six other charges. He was arrested Jan. 20 after an overnight standoff with police at the home he shared with his sister and her family, who were among the eight people killed.

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