Teen found competent to stand trial in murder of Grace Ross

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- The 15-year-old who is accused of killing 6-year-old Grace Ross in March 2021 was found competent to stand trial.

During a court hearing Monday, reports from two doctors who assessed Anthony Hutchens found he was competent to stand trial.

The court also addressed the defense's motion to dismiss, which was denied on Friday.

The court also discussed the jury trial waiver, which Hutchens submitted to the court in May.

When the judge asked him if he wanted to have a jury trial or bench trial, Hutchens said he did not feel comfortable making that decision.

The judge granted Hutchens more time to discuss the trial with his attorney.

Hutchens is scheduled to be in court again on September 16.

Hutchens is facing two counts of murder and one count of child molesting in Ross' death.

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