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Chapman trial on hold pending mental evaluation

Judge orders competency testing at Larned State Hospital

Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.

The first-degree murder trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman was put on hold Monday, pending a mental competency evaluation at Larned State Hospital. Chapman has reportedly been hallucinating since learning he is housed in a cell where another prisoner committed suicide.
Chapman is charged with killing 25-year-old Damon Galyardt, whose body was discovered by hunters on land southwest of Great Bend on Nov. 12, 2011. He is being held at the Barton County Jail.
A hearing was held Monday on ...


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