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Judge mulls competency of Ariz. man in murder case


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Attorneys made final arguments Wednesday in a hearing
that will determine whether a man accused of killing a Utah sheriff’s deputy is
competent to stand trial.

The judge did not immediately issue a decision on Scott Curley’s competency,
following a two-day hearing in Flagstaff.

The prosecution and defense agree that Curley is mentally ill. They disagree
over whether he can rationally and sufficiently help prepare his defense.

Curley faces a premeditated first-degree murder charge in the 2010 death of
Kane County, Utah, Deputy Brian Harris.

Curley has said he understands insanity is his best defense.

Prosecutors say Curley’s consistency in statements over time and knowledge of
court proceedings prove he can aid his lawyer.

But the defense says its work with Curley is hampered by his intent on proving
psychotic beliefs.