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Competency of SE Iowa murder suspect in question

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The competency of a southeast Iowa man accused of killing his roommate is in question.

Clarence Pedersen is facing a First-Degree Murder charge in the death of Ed Jones.

On Wednesday, Pedersen's defense made a motion asking to determine if Pedersen is competent to stand trial.

The online court docket doesn't say when that hearing might occur.

Washington police found the body of the 70-year-old Jones on July 11 while responding to a suspicious death call. Police say Jones had been stabbed in the upper torso.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Pedersen acknowledged owning a knife that looked like the bloody one found at the crime scene.

The department also says officers found a handwritten note among Pedersen's belongings. It said: "Kill Ed."







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