Murder charges dismissed after man found insane again

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A judge has again dismissed charges against a man accused of killing his father and cousin nearly 12 years ago.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Monday that Jamal Gurley was again found insane and ordered to a state psychiatric care hospital in Butner. The order from Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks says Gurley will probably never regain his sanity long enough to be tried.

It was the fifth time Gurley was found incompetent to stand trial for the March 2001 deaths of his father, Bobby Gurley, and teenage cousin Shakiya Taylor. She died of multiple stab wounds. Bobby Gurley’s bed was set on fire as he slept.

The district attorney’s office said in 2004 it would seek the death penalty. But Gurley’s mental illness has repeatedly delayed the case.

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