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Lawrence man competent to stand trial for murder

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A 67-year-old Lawrence man accused of fatally shooting his wife has been found competent to stand trial.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1exoEi9 ) that Larry L. Hopkins appeared in Douglas County court Tuesday for a competency hearing after being evaluated by a mental health specialist earlier this month. Judge Michael Malone found Hopkins competent to stand trial and scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for Jan. 2.

Hopkins is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 5 shooting death of his 61-year-old wife, Margaret Hopkins, at the couple's Lawrence Home. Police say Hopkins told authorities he shot his wife because of her ongoing health concerns. He's being held on $150,000 bond.

If convicted, Larry Hopkins faces the possibility of life in prison without parole for 25 years.