Judge: Suspect in Yale doctor’s death competent for trial

FILE - In this April 27, 2010 file photo, Lishan Wang, center, a Chinese citizen from Beijing, stands as he is arraigned in New Haven Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., in connection with the murder of Vajinder Toor. Wang is accused of killing Toor outside Toor's home in Branford in 2010. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, Pool, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a doctor treated for mental illness is now competent to stand trial for the death of a Yale University physician.

Judge Thomas O’Keefe Jr. on Monday ruled Lishan Wang competent. The judge also is expected to decide whether Wang can act as his own attorney.

Related: Competency hearing to resume for doctor on trial for murder

The Chinese citizen is charged with murder in the 2010 killing of Dr. Vajinder (vah-JIHN’-der) Toor and with attempted murder for shooting at Toor’s pregnant wife outside the couple’s Branford home. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a 2008 workplace dispute.

The judge previously ruled Wang incompetent and ordered him to be forcibly medicated. Wang’s lawyers lost appeals challenging the medication order.

Related: Judge: Mentally ill murder suspect can be forcibly medicated

Wang’s lawyers have said he has delusional disorder and paranoia.

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