Washington state

Killing suspect ruled fit for trial

A man accused of killing four people eight years ago in Des Moines is headed for trial.

King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson ruled Wednesday that Leemah Carneh is mentally competent.

Questions about his mental state have delayed the trial, and the 27-year-old underwent treatment at Western State Hospital in Lakewood. Defense lawyers say Carneh had extensive delusions about a religion he created called “Biblica Anglica.”

Prosecutors allege he was obsessed with a high school cheerleader in 2001 and stabbed the 17-year-old, her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s parents.

A plea of not guilty was entered for Carneh at Wednesday’s arraignment on four aggravated murder charges, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

The Associated Press