Psychiatrist: Man competent for trial in SC death

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A psychiatrist says a man accused of strangling a South Carolina woman is competent to stand trial, but should not represent himself.

The Anderson Independent-Mail reported that Columbia forensic psychiatrist Donna Schwartz-Watts testified Tuesday in a hearing for Raymondeze Rivera in Anderson.

Rivera is accused of killing Kwawa Burns of Anderson in 2006. He already has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing Asha Wiley in Anderson the same year.

Prosecutors want to use the conviction in Wiley's case to justify a death sentence for Burns' killing.

Rivera has told Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson he wants to represent himself, but the judge refused.

Nicholson planned a hearing Wednesday on whether statements Rivera made to police can be used in his trial, now set for February.

Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail,

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