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Judge: Columbus Man Competent to Stand Trial for Grandmother's Death

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A man charged with murdering his 90-year-old grandmother has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial.

John Spindler faces charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Annarea McCray, whom he allegedly knocked to the ground while also assaulting his mother on June 13, 2013.

Franklin County Coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak ruled that McCray died from complications of a pelvic fracture involving pneumonia.

A judge set Spindler's trial date for January 27, 2014 after ruling the defendant mentally competent at the conclusion of a psychiatric hearing on Wednesday.

Police believe Spindler knocked McCray to the ground when she attempted to intervene in his assault on his mother -- and McCray's daughter -- Pam Haskins.

Haskins, 60, suffered multiple facial fractures during the attack, which occurred inside McCray's home, where Spindler had lived for 25 years.

"In the process of her helping me, she got hurt the worst," Haskins said.

Investigators believe the assault was the result of McCray's decision to kick Spindler and his cousin out of the home in an effort to convince them to change their lifestyles.

"I loved them like my own children," McCray told ABC 6/FOX 28 before her death.

McCray was hospitalized in June after he was beaten by fellow inmates who had watched news coverage of his grandmother's death.
 
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