Teen charged in brother's slaying competent to stand trial

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teenager charged as an adult for the killing of his younger brother last year after an argument over Halloween candy has been ruled competent to stand trial.

The Springfield News-Sun reports a Clark County judge says 16-year-old Nicholas Starling, of Springfield, is able to understand court procedures and assist his attorney.

Public defender James Marshall previously tried entering a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for Starling. Marshall couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.

Authorities say Starling killed 14-year-old Harley Starling last October. Police say he told detectives he went into his brother's bedroom and hit him in the head multiple times with a baseball bat before stabbing him in the neck.

Starling's trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 28