Hearing set for man accused of killing New Mexico nun

Albuquerque, New Mexico (AP) May 2011

A hearing is set for June 1 to consider whether a man accused of killing a New Mexico nun is competent to stand trial.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says two reports discussed during a federal court hearing concluded Reehahlio Carroll is competent.

Carroll, then 18, was charged in November 2009 with killing Sister Marguerite Bartz after allegedly breaking into her trailer home on the Navajo Indian reservation and hitting her with a flashlight when she confronted him.

Federal authorities accused Carroll of killing “with malice aforethought’’ in the death of the 64-year-old nun, who served at St. Berard Catholic Church in the community of Navajo.

Carroll has pleaded not guilty.

His attorney, Robert Gorence, says next month’s hearing will give the judge information to decide Carroll’s mental status.