Man charged in roadside killing incompetent to stand trial

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-08 00:21:09-04

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A man charged in a roadside killing in northern Colorado has been deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports a judge ruled Friday that 36-year-old Christopher Parker should be sent to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo to regain his ability to follow the court proceedings. The program requires mental health officials to report to the courts every three months.

Parker is accused of shooting 65-year-old William Connole to death in June 2015 as Connole stood on a street corner in Loveland. Investigators believe Parker also shot at but missed a motorcyclist about 15 minutes earlier.

He faces murder and attempted murder charges.

Authorities have said there is no evidence to suggest Parker had a role in four other random shootings in northern Colorado that year.