Jasper Spires again found competent to stand trial

The man charged with the murder of Kenneth Sutherland aboard a red-line metro train on July 4 was found competent to stand trial.

According to the Washington Post, Jasper Spires was determined to be criminally responsible, as ruled by a judge last Friday.

The post reported that doctors at St. Elizabeth’s “…determined that although the suspect, Jasper Spires, may have suffered from mental illness at the time he allegedly stabbed 24-year-old Kevin Sutherland on July 4, 2015, the illness was not so severe that it should have prevented him from conforming his behavior.”

Spires, 18, was charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed Sutherland, 24. According to details of an autopsy made public in Spires’ charging documents, Sutherland suffered from dozens of stab wounds to his chest and heart, as well as other trauma.

A trial date was tentatively scheduled for next March.


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