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Archive for Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Competency hearing set in homicide case

The preliminary hearing in a trial against a man charged with the murder of an Oskaloosa man has been delayed. The judge has ordered a competency hearing for the accused. The hearing is scheduled for August 26.

August 19, 2009

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A man accused of killing a 50-year-old Oskaloosa farmer faces a competency hearing.

Adam Hooper, 36, was back in a Jefferson County courtroom Tuesday, where a judge delayed a preliminary hearing in the case.

Instead, Hooper will have a hearing to determine whether he is competent to stand trial for the murder of Dale Kingsbury, 50.

Hooper was arrested Aug. 9, after authorities found Kingsbury’s body in a cistern on his farm where he and his wife had lived for 15 years.

Hooper had been living on the property working as a farmhand.

The judge set the competency hearing for Aug. 26.

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