Judge finds alleged Centennial shooter competent to stand trial

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Kevin Lyons

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A man accused of fatally shooting a doctor and injuring two women during a rampage earlier this year was ruled competent to stand trial during a hearing Monday.

Chief District Court Judge Carlos Samour Jr. made the decision based on a report from the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. The report found Kevin Lyons, 46, does not have mental health or developmental disabilities that would keep him from participating in his defense.

Lyons was ordered to undergo an evaluation after he made several loud outbursts in his first court appearances in April.

Lyons is facing 12 felony counts in the April 4 shooting death of Dr. Kenneth Atkinson, including first-degree murder after deliberation, five counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer.

Atkinson tried to help a neighbor who authorities said had been wounded by gunfire from Lyons. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Two women were wounded in the shooting, including Lyons’ wife, Elizabeth Lyons, 44. She and Laurie Juergens, 46, survived.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 5.

 

 

 

 

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