Man competent to stand trial

UPPER SANDUSKY – A Tiffin man accused of walking into the Carey Conservation Club in November and opening fire, killing his estranged girlfriend and another man, has been found competent to stand trial.

Richard L. Clark Jr., 65, was found competent to stand trial Tuesday afternoon by Judge Kathleen Aubry during a hearing in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.

Clark previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to three counts of aggravated murder, all unclassified felonies, and one count each of kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and felonious assault, a second-degree felony, for the deaths of Cynthia L. Hawkinberry, 49, of Tiffin, and Roger E. Fredritz, 49, of Carey.

After entering the pleas, he underwent evaluations on the issues of competency and the pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Dale Rupple, a clinical psychologist who performed the evaluations, took the stand Tuesday and explained the results of the competency evaluation.

He said Clark, who was polite and cooperative during the evaluation, is competent to stand trial.

“He was very bright and alert,” Rupple said of Clark during the evaluation.

Rupple said Clark did show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety during the evaluations, but there was no evidence that he is incompetent to stand trial.

“At times he did get tearful and started to choke up a little when discussing the details about the alleged offenses,” he said.

During the hearing Tuesday, Clark waived his rights to a speedy trial, meaning the trial will not have to be scheduled within a restricted time frame.