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Kentucky Man Ruled Competent, Charged In Mayor's Death

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UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities said a western Kentucky man has been indicted again in the fatal shooting of a mayor after he was ruled mentally competent to stand trial.

Commonwealth Attorney Mike Stacy told WYVY-FM in Union City, Tenn., that charges of murder were again issued against 30-year-old Tommy Lattus, of Hickman, for the January shooting of Hickman Mayor Charles Murphy.

An indictment was returned by the Fulton County, Ky., grand jury Thursday.

Stacy said Lattus was ruled competent by officials at Western State Hospital in Hopkinsville, Ky.

In August, the original murder charges against him were dismissed by a judge after he was ruled incompetent and he was sent to the psychiatric facility.

Officers arrested Lattus after he walked into the police station and told them that he shot Murphy.

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