Judge asked to commit man charged in boy's killing
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- Prosecutors and defense attorneys say they agree that a coastal Georgia man should be committed to a state mental hospital after experts concluded he will likely never be competent to stand trial in the 2007 molestation and slaying of a 6-year-old Brunswick boy.
Two psychologists testified Thursday in Glynn County Superior Court that 37-year-old George Edenfield is impaired by mild to moderate mental retardation, and can't understand the seriousness of the charges against him. If Edenfield stood trial in the death of young Christopher Barrios, he would face the death penalty.
Judge Stephen Scarlett didn't make a final ruling. He asked attorneys to draft an order for him to sign next week.
Once committed to an inpatient hospital, Edenfield would be ineligible for release unless ordered by a court.
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