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Tests ordered for man charged in shooting deaths

Tests ordered for man charged in shooting deaths



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CASTLE DALE, Utah (AP) -- A state court judge has ordered mental competency tests for the man charged in the shooting deaths of his parents in Emery County.

Peter Simon Sharp has been charged with two counts of first-degree felony aggravated murder and one count of third-degree felony aggravated assault.

Emery County sheriff's officials have said 51-year-old William Sharp and 54-year-old Charmaine Sharp were killed with a shotgun Oct. 21. They were found at their Castle Dale home and 27-year-old Peter Sharp was arrested while walking downtown.

Seventh District Judge George Harmond ordered the tests on Tuesday. Another court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 5.

Peter Sharp is being held in the Emery County Jail.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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