Texan competent for trial in death of grandma, 77

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 2:04 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man has been ruled competent for trial in the death of his grandmother whose dismembered remains were found buried near her home.

A judge in Corpus Christi on Thursday determined 28-year-old David Christy is competent for trial on a murder charge. An arrest affidavit says investigators believe a chainsaw was used in the slaying.

The remains of 77-year-old Johanna Kruse Christy were discovered in February 2013 near the Corpus Christi home where her grandson also lived.

Christy initially was ruled not competent. Judge Nanette Hasette then ordered the suspect sent to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation.

Nueces County jail records show Christy was being held Friday, with no information listed on bond. His attorney did not immediately return a message for comment.

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