Man Found Incompetent for Trial in the Slaying of Brother

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- An American Fork man accused of killing his brother, who he said he suspected was planning to kill a young woman and sell her organs on the black market, has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Fourth District Judge Samuel McVey agreed Tuesday with defense and prosecution submissions that Eryk S. Drej, 31, be found incompetent. Drej had received two psychological evaluations.

Drej was charged with first-degree felony murder in the shooting death of his brother Lukasz, 25, after American Fork police found him, armed with a pistol and shotgun, standing in the driveway of the family's home on June 1. The body of his brother was found in the backyard basement stair well.

McVey ordered that Drej be held at the Utah State Hospital pending a 90-day review hearing on Nov. 15 at 8:30 a.m.

Drej told police that he had a vision that Lukasz was going to harm him in some way.

Drej said that to protect himself and the unidentified woman and to ward off evil, he left smiley faces in the home.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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