Competency Trial to Resume in Tulsa Shooting Case

Aug 14, 2012

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A mental competency hearing is set to resume for a man accused of opening fire outside a Tulsa courthouse.

The hearing for Andrew Dennehy began Monday and is expected to last until at least Wednesday. Dennehy is charged with shooting with intent to kill for allegedly opening fire March 7 on the plaza between the Tulsa County courthouse and the Tulsa Central Library. A sheriff's deputy, a bystander and Dennehy were hurt during the gunfire exchange.

Dennehy's attorney, Allen Smallwood, argues that his client isn't mentally competent to stand trial. A psychologist retained by the defense believes Dennehy exhibited psychotic delusions and doesn't currently have the capacity to help his lawyers.

But prosecutor Tony Evans told jurors that Dennehy is trying to "bluff his way through life."

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