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Trial set for W.Va. man accused of killing wife

By The Associated Press

ELKINS, W.Va. – A Randolph County man is scheduled to stand trial early next year on charges of killing his wife.

Media outlets report that a Randolph County judge scheduled the trial of Theodore Yeager Newlon, 84, during a hearing this week. The trial is set to begin Jan. 12, 2015.

Newlon is charged with murder and wanton endangerment. He is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Dora Newlon, 68, at the couple’s home near Gilman in February 2012.

Newlon’s attorneys opposed setting a trial date. They told Circuit Court Judge Thomas Steptoe that there is still an issue about their client’s competency, based on a criminal responsibility evaluation performed by a psychologist.

Steptoe said two other experts had found Newlon to be criminally responsible.

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