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January trial set for Randolph County man accused of killing wife in 2012


ELKINS, West Virginia — A Randolph County man is scheduled to stand trial early next year on charges of killing his wife.

Media outlets report that a Randolph County judge scheduled 84-year-old Theodore Yeager Newlon's trial during a hearing this week. The trial is set to begin Jan. 12, 2015.

Newlon is charged with murder and wanton endangerment. He is accused of fatally shooting his wife, 68-year-old Dora Newlon, at the couple's home near Gilman in February 2012.

Newlon's attorneys opposed setting a trial date. They told Circuit Court Judge Thomas Steptoe that there is still an issue about their client's competency, based on a criminal responsibility evaluation performed by a psychologist.

Steptoe said two other experts had found Newlon to be criminally responsibility.

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