Teen who throat-slashed an 8-year-old ruled competent to assist defense

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 7:35am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 9:00am

It was just a year ago when an 8-year-old boy was attacked-- his throat slashed and left for dead on a biking trail.  Now a Judge rules that the teen accused of hismuder is mentally competent to assist his defense during trial.

17-year-old Trevor Reese found 8-year-old Jackson Attuso biking on a trial at the Bluffs. The boy was separated from his family when he was attacked. West Feliciana Parish Deputies say after killing Attuso--Reese walked to a construction crew an told them he stabbed the 8-year-old simply because he was the first one there.  A State District Judge made the ruling Monday after reviewing Reese's pyschiatric evaluations.

Reese's defense can still use insanity as a defense. Reese is sitting is prison right now-- and will be tried as an adult.

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