Judge to Decide if Lewiston Arson Suspect is Competent

Updated 9 months ago

A judge is now deciding whether a 23-year-old Lewiston man is competent to stand trial on arson charges. Bryan Wood is one of two men accused of setting a fire in May that destroyed three apartment buildings in the city. The Sun Journal, reports that three psychologists who evaluated Wood said in Androscoggin County Superior Court Thursday that the defendant appeared to lack the necessary reasoning skills to stand trial. Ann LeBlanc, director of State Forensic Services, said Wood can grasp simple legal concepts but would not be able to understand a complex plea deal. Wood’s lawyer has argued this his client has a mild mental disability and is incompetent to stand trial, but prosecutors disagree. Wood denied setting the fire in a videotaped interview with an investigator.


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