Man accused of murder in UK student's death is ruled competent to stand trial

Raymond Wright
Raymond Wright

One of the men charged with murder in the 2006 death of a University of Kentucky student was ruled competent to stand trial Thursday.

Raymond Wright, 29, is accused of shooting John G. Mattingly III in the head outside Mattingly's Wilson Street house.

Just before the shooting, Wright and an Adrian Benton robbed Mattingly and other occupants of the house, police said. Friends of Mattingly have said he was chasing Wright's car, trying to get a license plate number, when he was shot.

Wright was indicted on charges of murder, tampering with physical evidence, receiving stolen property and several robbery charges. Benton faces similar charges.

Wright was assessed by Dr. Richard Johnson at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange.

Judge Thomas Clark ruled Wright competent to stand trial after 20 minutes of testimony by Johnson.

Wright's trial is scheduled to begin May 2.

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