BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A Broomfield man accused of killing his four-year-old nephew with an ax in 2017 has been ruled competent to stand trial in the case, officials announced on Friday.
Emanuel Doll, 27, faces charges of first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree murder of a child by a person in a position of trust in the killing.
Doll was initially ruled incompetent to stand trial and was committed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. After a competency hearing in January, Broomfield County District Judge Don Quick ruled on Friday that Doll has been restored to competency, according to a news release from the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Records show the 4-year-old victim was spending the day with Doll and Doll's parents in April of 2017 when Doll's mother found the boy in the basement with a bloody ax next to his body.
A preliminary hearing for Doll is scheduled for April 17.