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Competency trial for suspect in Welch girls case continues

Posted at 9:59 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 22:59:53-05

VINITA, Okla. — Busick's defense is expected to put their second witness on the stand Wednesday, who is the defense attorney's co-counsel.

Wednesday could potentially bring a verdict of whether Busick is competent to stand trial. If the evidence is complete, the judge could let the trial run as late as needed for closing arguments and hand the case over to the jury.

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Right now, there's no way to know how long jury deliberations could last; it will depend on what happens with the remaining witnesses.

After the defense's second witness takes the stand, the other two expert witnesses will also testify.

DA Matt Ballard will call the prosecution's expert witness, who will testify that Busick is competent to stand trial.

The court-ordered expert will also take the stand. In opening statements, Ballard told the jury the court-ordered expert will also testify that Busick is competent to stand trial.

The trial reconvenes at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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