Md. Man Found Incompetent In Brother’s Ax Slaying

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A Cumberland man charged in the ax slaying of his brother is in the care of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after he was judged incompetent to stand trial.

Allegany County Circuit Judge Gary Leasure ruled Friday that Mark Collins, 42, has a mental disorder and is a danger to himself or others.

Collins was charged in August with first-degree murder after police found his brother William, 46, dead in the trailer they shared.

State’s Attorney Michael Twigg says Collins is confined to the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup until he is found competent for trial or no longer a threat.

Twigg says Collins will be subject to annual competency reviews by the mental health agency.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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