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Fleming ruled competent to stand trial

Donald Fleming and his attorney Gary Woodbury appeared in Elko District Court Tuesday for a competency hearing.

ELKO – A Spring Creek man was found competent to stand trial for the alleged murder of his wife in district court on Tuesday.

Donald Willis Fleming, 38, was found by Judge Nancy Porter to have the ability to understand the nature of the criminal charges against him, the ability to understand the purpose of the court proceedings, and the ability to aid and assist his defense counsel with a reasonable degree of rational understanding.

According to Fleming’s attorney, Gary Woodbury, Fleming was prescribed psychotropic medications and was previously diagnosed with depression, bi-polar disorder and anxiety.

Woodbury also told the court a private psychiatrist may be hired to re-evaluate Fleming.

Fleming allegedly shot and killed his wife, Kristin Fleming, at their residence last June. The couple’s three children were at home in their bedrooms at the time.

He is charged with both first and second degree murder with a deadly weapon and was bound over to district court in August.

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According to Free Press files, officers had been called to the Spring Creek residence in 2014 when Fleming was arrested for domestic battery.

A trial date has yet to be set.


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