Alabama man ruled competent to stand trial in killing of twins and caretaker

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HAYNEVILLE, Alabama — A Lowndes County judge has ruled a man is mentally competent to stand trial on capital murder charges stemming from the slaying of 9-year-old twins and their caretaker.

Circuit Judge Terri Bozeman Lovell ruled that a psychological examination showed Deandra Marquis Lee is capable of helping his attorney with his defense.

Lee is scheduled for trial April 6 in Hayneville on charges accusing him of the shooting deaths of 9-year twins Jordan and Taylor Dejerinett of Montgomery and their 73-year-old caretaker Jack Mac Girdner of Hope Hull in June 2012. Their bodies were found along Alabama Highway 21 in Lowndes County.

Lee has pleaded not guilty.

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