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Man accused of killing uncle is competent for trial

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UTAH COUNTY -- A Lehi man accused of killing his uncle in Pleasant Grove has been found competent to stand trial.

Police say on Feb. 27, Colton Louder got into an argument with his uncle, Jeff Ackerman, then fired a shot at him and ran off. Ackerman chased Louder, and police say Louder shot his uncle several times in the chest. Ackerman died at a hospital.

Family members earlier said Louder was using drugs at the time of the murder and does not remember the crime.

Now a judge has ruled that Louder is competent for trial based on reports from two medical professionals.

If convicted he faces life in prison.

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