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Mental evaluation results say suspect competent for trial

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A mental evaluation has found that a Jackson man who confessed to the throat-slashing death of a nurse is competent to be tried for capital murder.

William Roy Jones Jr., accused in the death of Juliet Lilly, was ordered Friday to stand trial on April 11. The trial had been on hold for about a year pending the evaluation.

The Clarion-Ledger said prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

In July, a jury convicted 42-year-old Darrell Walker of accessory after the fact to murder. Walker was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jones' taped confession of the killing to police was played during Walker's trial.

In the tape, Jones said he had broken into Lilly's house and the woman walked in on him.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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