GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A suspect arrested in connection with a southern Indiana murder has been deemed competent to stand trial.
The ruling for Lance Marley came Wednesday afternoon in Gibson Circuit Court.
The case against Marley, who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death, was set to begin in August before a motion was granted for Marley to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Marley was taken into custody in October of 2016 after police were called to the residence he and his girlfriend, Lindsey Fleck, both lived. There, they found Fleck in the driveway not breathing, with Marley nearby.
Marley faces a murder charge in the case. If found guilty on the charge, he could face up to 65 years in prison.
The ruling came after an argument by Defense Attorney Terrell Maurer. According to Maurer, jail records indicate that Marley attempted to stab himself over the summer with a plastic utensil, claimed to hear voices and believed that a chip was planted inside his head.
According to Maurer, these instances were enough to “make it impossible to have a reasonable conversation with him to assist in his defense.”
A pair of psychological experts both gave their opinion on Marley's mental state.
Both clinical psychologist David Cerling and psychiatrist Rebecca Mueller believe Marley is mentally fit enough to stand trial.
He will now do so on Nov. 27. A final pretrial hearing will take place on Nov. 22.