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WARREN HOMICIDES Tests will determine if man is competent to stand trial



Published: Wed, June 27, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



WARREN -- A judge could decide as early as August if a man accused of killing a city woman and her 12-year-old daughter is competent to stand trial.

Judge Peter Kontos of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court said three psychologists will examine Stanley Adams and determine if he understands the charges he faces and if he is able to assist in his own defense.

Adams faces charges of aggravated murder in the deaths of Esther Cook, 43, and her 12-year-old daughter, Ashley. Their bodies were found Oct. 11, 1999, inside their Dickey Avenue home.

Other charges: The charges carry specifications that the killings occurred in conjunction with other crimes. Adams also is charged with three counts of rape and a count each of kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

City police said they do not know the motive for the killings. If convicted Adams could face the death penalty.

The defense attorney, prosecutor and the court each have selected a psychologist to interview Adams. Court officials said the psychologists are to begin interviewing Adams in the next few days.

After their interviews and evaluations, they are to report to the court.

A hearing has been set for Aug. 13 to review the reports. The judge is expected to make his decision after the hearing, court officials said.




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