OLYMPIA – Roy Franco is competent to stand trial for murder and other charges in connection with the September slaying of his ex-girlfriend at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill, according to an order entered Tuesday by a Thurston County Superior Court judge.
Franco, 54, shot himself in the face after allegedly shooting Kay Langford with a sawed-off shotgun after she arrived for work at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill on the morning of Sept. 24.
Franco pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of first-degree murder while armed with a deadly weapon during an act of domestic violence, first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.
Franco remained in custody Tuesday with bail set at $2 million.
Prosecutor Jodilyn Erikson-Muldrew had asked the court to enter a competency order after Franco underwent a competency evaluation at Western State Hospital. Franco’s court-appointed attorney, Robert Jimerson, said Tuesday that he didn’t contest competency.
There was some question of whether Franco was competent to stand trial while he was recovering from his injuries.
Franco’s trial is set for the week of July 12.
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