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Illinois Man Ruled Unfit for Trial in Capitol Shooting

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By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill – A college dropout accused of fatally shooting a security guard at the Illinois state Capitol has been ruled unfit to stand trial.

Sangamon County Circuit Judge Robert Eggers committed Derek W. Potts to the state mental health center for treatment.

The 24-year-old is charged with first-degree murder, burglary and several gun violations in the September 20th death of Statehouse security guard William Wozniak.

Another fitness hearing is scheduled for late January.

Eggers' ruling came after he denied prosecutors' requests to have a second psychiatrist evaluate Potts.

One psychiatrist found Potts is unfit to stand trial but capable of becoming so within a year under state mental health supervision.

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