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The Antoun Case and the Mental Illness Defense

The Saudi consulate is paying al-Zahrani's legal fees. From WBNG:

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A man accused of killing a Binghamton University Professor in 2009 will not go to trial as expected next week.

The Broome County District Attorney's Office says the court has postponed the murder trial for Abdusalam al-Zahrani, 45, from Saudi Arabia.

An examination by two Broome County psychologists this week determined he is incompetent to stand trial.

Al-Zahrani was a graduate student at BU.

He is accused of stabbing his professor, Richard Antoun to death at his office in the Science 1 building on campus in December 2009.

The DA's office says doctors concluded Al-Zahrani lacks the capacity to understand the proceedings against him or assist in his own defense.

An order of examination has been issued, and he will be committed to a state mental health facility.

He could be tried if and when he is found to be competent again.

For a full rundown on this case, see Simian Roadhouse.

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