Double-murder suspect competent to stand trial

A rural Tiffin man charged with killing two people inside a Carey sportsman’s club has been deemed competent to stand trial.

A mental evaluation of Richard L. Clark Jr., 65, determined he is capable of standing trial and understanding the charges against him, according to the Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.

Clark is charged with shooting and killing Roger Fredritz, 49, of rural Carey, and Cynthia Hawkinberry, 49, of rural Tiffin, on Nov. 1 inside the Carey Conservation and Sportsman’s Association clubhouse.

Clark and Hawkinberry were engaged.

Clark has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to aggravated murder, kidnapping and felonious assault.

He remains in jail on $2 million bond. His next pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.

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