Arizona man set for competency hearing in murder case

Jun 13, 2012, 8:42 AM | Updated: 8:42 am

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Experts testifying in the case of an Arizona man
accused of killing a Utah sheriff’s deputy agreed that the defendant is mentally
ill.

But they’re at odds over whether Scott Curley can rationally and sufficiently
help his lawyer prepare a defense, which could include a claim of insanity.

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

A hearing to determine whether Curley is competent to stand trial resumes
Wednesday in Flagstaff with final arguments.

A mental health expert for the defense testified Tuesday that Curley is
incompetent, and suffers from delusional beliefs and auditory hallucinations
that seriously harm his ability to aid in his defense.

Witnesses for the prosecution said Curley’s consistency in interviews over time
show he’s capable of assisting his lawyer.

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Arizona man set for competency hearing in murder case