Judge rules not Mt. Pleasant man not competent to stand trial

WALHALLA, SC (WCSC) - A judge has decided an 80-year-old man from Mount Pleasant is not competent to stand trial for the killing of his sister because he has Alzheimer's disease.

Prosecutors say they will ask the court to commit Alfred Dawkins to a mental hospital.

Police say he called 911 from a family home in Seneca in March of last year and told the operator he killed his sister.

Authorities say his 74-year-old sister, Johelen Owens of Atlanta, was stabbed to death while putting the family home up for sale.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors agree Dawkins is suffering from dementia and couldn't help his lawyers in his defense.

Prosecutors will now ask a Probate Court judge to commit Dawkins to a mental hospital.

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