Walla Walla murder suspect may not be competent to stand trial, Eastern State Hospital said

Walla Walla murder suspect may not be competent to stand trial, Eastern State Hospital said
Colby Hedman makes a court appearance in Walla Walla County on Monday, Sept. 16. 

The man accused of murdering a Whitman College employee may not be competent to stand trial.

According to Walla Walla County Prosecutor Jim Nagle, Eastern State Hospital issued a report regarding Colby Hedman, who has previously been ordered a mental health evaluation. The report said Hedman may not be competent to stand trial or assist his lawyer in his defense.

“The court ordered that he remain at Eastern State Hospital for another 90 days to see if they can restore his competency,” Nagle said.

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Hedman has been charged with murder after allegedly killing Kyle Martz. On July 9, court documents say Hedman killed Martz with an axe. He then took off in the victim’s car.

The 23-year-old was arrested in Baker City, Oregon after another alleged crime spree.

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