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Murder Suspect's Competency Trial Set

By Monica Lara

A competency trial is slated to begin July 12 for an Ojai Valley teen facing murder charges, after the Superior Court of Ventura County determined at Monday's appearance that an additional psychological assessment is reasonable beforehand.

The competency trial will determine whether defendant Alex Medina, 17, is capable of assisting his attorneys, Scott Wippert and Robyn Bramson, during his defense in his criminal trial, where he would be tried as an adult. The criminal proceedings have been suspended while competency is

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