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Accused murder suspect 'mentally competent' to stand trial

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A man charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death is mentally competent to stand trial, according to the judge in the case.

The ruling was given from Albany Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss in a hearing to Allen Robinson, after a series of mental evaluations.

A mental test in early 2014 showed Robinson, a former Dougherty County jailer, tested in the range of a person who was "mentally retarded."

If subsequent evaluations find Robinson mentally incompetent it could take the death penalty off the table. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibits states from executing any defendant deemed mentally retarded.

Allen Robinson has been in custody since November 2008 when he was charged with chasing down his ex-girlfriend Roshonda Dowell, and brutally stabbing her to death in the parking lot of an east Albany shopping center.

Both sides said they were fully prepared to go to trial.

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