Attorney files motion for mental competency evaluation for client in Sparta murder trial

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Sep. 22—SPARTA, Ga. — A defense attorney representing a Sparta man accused in the stabbing death of another man more than two years ago has filed a motion seeking a mental competency evaluation on behalf of her client just days before his murder trial is set to begin.

The trial of Bernard Deontay Hall is scheduled to start Monday morning in Hancock County Superior Court in Sparta.

A Hancock County grand jury indicted Hall on charges of malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault in connection with the Sept. 6, 2020 stabbing death of Bradford Morris, according to court records.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Brenda H. Trammell has received the motion from Nancee Tomlinson, the defense attorney representing Hall, The Union-Recorder has learned.

The judge is expected to make a decision regarding that motion sometime soon.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday morning in the murder trial.

Ocumulgee Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Allison Mauldin and Assistant District Attorney Faith Worley will be jointly prosecution the case on behalf of the state.