US judge rules NRI incompetent to stand trial for murder

Bayapa Lingala, 77, who was charged with murder, was found incompetent to stand trial in Pennsylvania after the judge was told the man was unable to understand the charges levelled against him. Lancaster County Judge Paul Merritt Jr. ordered he be sent to a medical facility for treatment after a doctor told the court he believed there was a likelihood Lingala's competency can be restored with treatment and that he could yet face trial. He is charged with second degree murder and use of a knife in the slaying of his 46 year-old son-in-law Sujay Nooka after a grandchild's birthday party. Until a bed is available at the regional medical facility the judge ordered Lingala be moved from the custody of the Lancaster sheriff's office to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.