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Judge finds man charged with mailing cyanide competent
October 09, 2015 20:53 GMT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A federal judge says a Maine man charged with mailing cyanide to a suicidal Englishman is competent to stand trial.

Sidney Kilmartin of Windham has pleaded not guilty and filed a notice in March of his intent to use an insanity defense. Prosecutors say Judge John Woodcock found Kilmartin competent on Friday and Kilmartin withdrew the notice.

Kilmartin is charged with mailing cyanide that resulted in the death of Andrew Denton, a depressed 49-year-old man in Hull, England. Denton was found dead in 2012.

Prosecutors say the case was set for trial in November. However, the parties expect to postpone the start date when they return to court.

Kilmartin faces a maximum life sentence.