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NY man suspected in 6 deaths ruled incompetent

A man accused in the deaths of six people in a cross country killing spree is being sent to a maximum security psychiatric hospital after being found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

world Updated: Jan 13, 2009 11:22 IST

A man accused in the deaths of six people in a cross country killing spree is being sent to a maximum security psychiatric hospital after being found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Judge Brenda Kennedy signed a motion last month ruling that the suspect, Paul Devoe, was mentally incompetent after hearing testimony from two doctors.

Devoe was arrested on Aug 27, 2007, in his native Long Island, New York, after a shooting spree in which five people in Texas and one in Pennsylvania were killed.

Travis County Assistant District Attorney Dayna Blazey said Devoe is "unable to communicate with his defense attorneys," the Austin American Statesman reported in its online edition on Monday. She said doctors anticipate his recovery, after which he is expected to stand trial.