Judge Rules Man Competent For Trial In Slaying Of Ex-Girlfriend
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jonathan Clowers has been found mentally competent to stand trial for murder in the October 2005 slaying of his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Satchel.
Police said Clowers killed the 27-year-old the mother of his infant child when an argument erupted at the end of a custody visit.
Clowers, 27, who had previously been accused of domestic violence on Satchel, was quickly named a suspect. He remained at large until the following May, when he turned himself in to police.
Clowers, now 30, was initially ruled not competent to stand trial, but that changed after treatment at a state-run facility.
Clowers' lawyers continued to claim he was unable to assist in his own defense, but the judge has rejected those arguments.
Satchel was posthumously awarded a degree from the University of North Florida with her three children and family in attendance.
Jury selection for Clower's trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 20.
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