Cedar Rapids man found competent to stand trial
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.
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