Man accused in cousin’s death found not competent for trial

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged in the fatal shooting of his cousin has been found not competent to stand trial and will be transferred to a state hospital for the criminally insane.

The Day reports that a Superior Court judge in New London on Wednesday ordered that 30-year-old James Armstrong be remanded to Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital for 60 days of treatment. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 8 and be re-evaluated to see if he understands the proceedings against him.

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Officials say Armstrong’s 31-year-old cousin, Sebastian Sidberry, was killed outside of his North Stonington home in April. Both are members of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation.

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Family members told police Armstrong had been declining mentally over the past few years.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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