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Mon August 13, 2012

Competency Trial Set in Tulsa Courthouse Shooting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A competency trial is scheduled to begin for a man accused of opening fire outside the Tulsa County courthouse earlier this year.

The proceeding, which starts Monday, is to determine whether Andrew Dennehy can understand the charges against him and assist with his defense. Dennehy faces a charge of shooting with intent to kill and two firearms counts for allegedly opening fire March 7 on the plaza between the courthouse and the Tulsa Central Library.

Authorities say a sheriff's deputy, a bystander and Dennehy were hurt during the gunfire exchange.

A psychologist retained by the defense concluded that Dennehy exhibited psychotic symptoms marked by delusions of persecution, and doesn't have the present capacity to rationally assist in his defense.

Prosecutors asked for trial on the issue of Dennehy's mental health.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.