Jury: Franklin County man competent to stand trial in parents’ murders

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A jury in Franklin County has found a 28-year-old man competent to stand trial.

Michael McLemore is charged in the 2011 murders of his father and stepmother.

The jury, made up of eight men and six women, deliberated for about an hour Thursday morning, making the decision which is normally left up to a judge.

During the mental competency trial, a state psychologist working at Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility took the stand, saying McLemore refused to discuss the capital murder case with doctors.  A defense attorney stated she had also spent hours trying to talk with him about the cases, but he refused to respond.

Investigators say McLemore shot both of his parents before beating his sister and cousin with a hammer.

Read more coverage of the trial.

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