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MASON — A Williamston-area teenager was deemed competent to stand trial on a murder charge in connection with the death of his mother.

Judge Donald Allen made the ruling in 55th District Court on Thursday morning, a few months after Andrew David Willson, 19, was ordered to undergo testing at the state’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline.

Willson’s preliminary exam is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 18.

Allen granted a request last fall from Willson’s attorneys to have their client undergo testing at the center to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial and be held criminally responsible for his actions.

“Mr. Wilson, sir,” Allen said. “Do you understand what’s going on today?”

“Yes,” Willson replied.

In addition to Allen’s ruling, testing at the Center Forensic Psychiatry also deemed Willson competent to stand trial.

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