The man accused of a fatal shooting in a Fallon church in July of has been bound over for trial.
He was appearing Friday morning in Justice Court for his preliminary hearing. It's taken a year and a Blues musicians wanted to get this case to this point and the issue that's been holding it up is O'Connor's competency.
His ability to aid in his own defense has been the subject of a series of hearings, examinations and psychiatric treatment. Still this hearing began with his attorney Richard Davies asking for the case to return to district court for Athens mobile homes texas hearing, noting O'Connor had not been getting his medication for some time since being released from Lakes Crossing and transferred to the jail in neighboring Lyon County.
Competency has been an issue from the beginning of the case," said Davies. The shooting took Best about myself description during a church service before dozens of witnesses who knew both men, but a possible motive has always been a mystery. Bert Miller was a long time resident, well known and well liked, in the community.
One witness told the court today "Bert was a good friend to everybody. So what might have triggered the fatal encounter remains a mystery, but the scene witnesses described left no doubt Miller was the target of the shooting.
O'Connor, they said, shot Miller several times at close range after shouting "This will show them'" followed by expletives which weren't recalled or repeated in court. A medical examiner said some of the shots were fired close enough to leave powder burns on Miller.
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Another member of the church said he confronted O'Connor who pointed the 9 millimeter pistol at him, saying "This doesn't have anything to do with you" and left. As the case moves Charlotte free house to arraignment in district court, it's likely his mental state will remain a potential issue. There's little doubt at some point there will be an argument to move the trial elsewhere.
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