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Chesterfield County man found competent to stand trial in Virginia trooper's slaying


DINWIDDIE, Virginia — A Chesterfield County man accused in the slaying of a Virginia state trooper has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Media reports say Dinwiddie Circuit Court Judge Paul W. Cella ruled Friday on the competency of 30-year-old Russell E. Brown III. He is charged with capital murder in the 2013 killing of Trooper Junius A. Walker.

Walker was shot in his cruiser on Interstate 85 after police said the veteran officer pulled up to Brown's vehicle on the shoulder of the highway to see if Brown needed any help.

Cella found Brown competent to stand trial based on the findings of three psychiatrists.

Brown's trial has been scheduled for March 2016 because of a backlog of capital murder cases being handled by his attorneys.

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