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By Erin Smith

A competency hearing was held on Wednesday afternoon for an Elizabethtown man who is accused of murder.

Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser ruled on Wednesday afternoon Jonathan Parker is competent to stand trial. Parker is facing a charge of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 78-year-old John Robert Cole at Cole’s home in Elizabethtown on October 19, 2015.

“He is competent at this time,” said Bladen County District Attorney Quentin McGee.

The case has been continued until February 11th to allow medical experts hired by Defense Attorney Butch Pope to review the latest medical report.

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