Casa Grande man ruled fit to stand trial in his mother's death

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Joseph Caine Cecil By Jennifer Thomas Joseph Caine Cecil By Jennifer Thomas
Joseph Caine Cecil By Jennifer Thomas Joseph Caine Cecil By Jennifer Thomas

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) -- A Casa Grande man has been ruled competent to stand trial in the stabbing death of his mother.
 
The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that Pinal County Superior Court Judge Henry Gooday recently ruled that 39-year-old Joseph Caine Cecil was competent to stand trial in the Oct. 4, 2013 attack in Casa Grande.
 
Gooday earlier this year had committed Cecil to the state mental hospital for restoration of competency.
 
The 39-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Ronna Thomas. He has pleaded not guilty.
 
Prosecutors have said they'll seek the death penalty if Cecil is convicted.
 
Cecil previously was released from the mental hospital in 2012 after a 3.5-year stay after pleading guilty except insane to a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
 

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