Man charged in restaurant death ruled competent


A judge has ruled that a man is competent to stand trial on charges he fatally shooting his estranged girlfriend outside a southwestern Indiana restaurant.

The ruling follows evaluations by a psychiatrist and a psychologist of 31-year-old Jason Perry. His defense attorneys has sought the review his mental health at the time of the May 22 shooting in Princeton that killed 34-year-old Jessica Tice.

The Princeton Daily Clarion reports special Judge James Redwine also ruled that the trial would be moved from Gibson County to neighboring Posey County after defense attorneys requested a change of venue.

Authorities say Perry shot Tice twice at close range as she and their 13-year-old son were walking to a car outside the Mexican restaurant where they had celebrated his eighth-grade graduation.

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