PRINCETON, Indiana — A judge has ruled that a man is competent to stand trial on charges he fatally shooting his estranged girlfriend outside a southwestern Indiana restaurant.
The ruling follows evaluations by a psychiatrist and a psychologist of 31-year-old Jason Perry. His defense attorneys sought a review of his mental health at the time of the May 22 shooting in Princeton that killed 34-year-old Jessica Tice.
The Princeton Daily Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/IsTkX2 ) that special Judge James Redwine also ruled that the trial would be moved from Gibson County to neighboring Posey County after defense attorneys requested a change of venue.
Authorities say Perry shot Tice twice at close range as she and their 13-year-old son were walking to a car outside the Mexican restaurant where they had celebrated his eighth-grade graduation.
Information from: Princeton Daily Clarion, http://www.tristate-media.com/pdclarion