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Man accused of killing wife and unborn child found mentally unfit

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A Fort Smith man accused of stabbing his pregnant wife has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.

Sebastian County Circuit Court Judge James Cox signed an order Tuesday committing 34-year-old James Herring to the custody of the Department of Human Services for detention and treatment.

Herring faces two counts of capital murder for the May deaths of 32-year-old Celestia Marie Duffin, and his unborn child, who was delivered by emergency C-section after the stabbing but did not survive.

According to the Southwest Times Record (http://is.gd/lwoWUK ), a psychologist's report found that Herring suffered from a mental disease that prevented him from understanding the legal proceedings against him.

The judge also told prosecutors to file a written report within 10 months that assesses whether Herring could become mentally fit with treatment.

 

Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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