Cedar Rapids man found competent to stand trial

Published On: Dec 19 2012 07:39:35 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 19 2012 07:39:00 AM CST
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -

A Cedar Rapids man accused of trying to kill his neighbors has been found competent to stand trial, which is now set to begin on April 1 in Linn County District Court.

In July, District Judge Paul Miller suspended proceedings against 42-year-old Joseph Pham until he could undergo a state mental evaluation.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports that on Monday, Pham's lawyer withdrew a request for a competency hearing.

Pham is charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He's accused of shooting Brian Wilson and firing at two others on June 9.

Police say the shooting stemmed for a disagreement between Pham and Wilson. Pham's family says he snapped after enduring years of property damage, racial slurs and hatred.