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Man charged with murder competent to stand trial

A man accused of shooting and killing a 19-year-old appeared in court Thursday to find out if he's competent to stand trial.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 6:34 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2017 6:23 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - A man accused of shooting and killing a 19-year-old appeared in court Thursday to find out if he's competent to stand trial.
Larry Whaley is charged with the murder of Samantha Teeter at his apartment in Mason City in December of last year. On Oct. 18, Whaley was told he would see a doctor to determine if he suffers from a mental disorder. He was sent to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.
Thursday, the state and defense both presented the medical results and it was determined he is competent to stand trial. So the next step is setting that trial date, but before all that was determined Whaley was asked if he's satisfied with keeping his current attorney and he made it clear only under certain conditions.
“Yes, your honor, but like I said, I don't have a problem with Mr. Adams but we've been ... I’ve been denied evidence in my case, important evidence that's been tampered with,” Whaley said.
Whaley says he wants certain witnesses to be subpoenaed and access to his phone records, saying some of the evidence has been tampered with and destroyed.
The topic was not brought up any further by either attorney or the judge. For now, Whaley will be keeping the attorney he's been assigned.
A trial date of Dec. 18 was discussed has not been officially set.

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