The 51-year-old man charged with killing two people in January over a rent dispute was ruled competent on Monday to stand trial for the grisly slayings.
Arthur Anaya, 54, had spent the better part of a decade receiving treatment from a state hospital in the lat 1990s and early part of last decade after previously being ruled mentally incompetent on another case. But state district judge Stephen Pfeffer on Monday ruled that won’t be the case this time around.
Police say Anaya in January shot and killed 16-year-old Austin Urban and 51-year-old Theresa Vigil after complaining they were late on rent for the home they lived in on his property near Rabbit and Old Galisteo roads. He then eluded a police manhunt before turning himself in after a SWAT standoff a few days later.
Public defender Joseph Campbell said he’ll likely revisit his clients mental state with the court in the coming weeks.
Here is a link to the article posted Monday and published in print Tuesday in The New Mexican: