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.