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Published April 15, 2010, 08:03 AM

Psychiatrist: Man charged with 1993 murder is competent to stand trial

(WDAY TV) - A psychiatrist says 45-year-old Clarence Burcham is competent to stand trial. Burcham is charged with murder in connection to the 1993 strangling death of Sharon Stafford.

(WDAY TV) - A psychiatrist says 45-year-old Clarence Burcham is competent to stand trial. Burcham is charged with murder in connection to the 1993 strangling death of Sharon Stafford.

The doctor says Burcham can assist in his defense and understands the murder charges against him. According to court records, Burcham allegedly strangled Stafford with an electrical cord after she called him "retarded."

An earlier psychiatrist didn't believe Burcham was fit to stand trial and he was sent to the state hospital for 60 days. The judge will make a ruling within 30 days.

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