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Trial held for Raleigh County man to determine if fit to continue in court

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BECKLEY, W.Va. -

A Raleigh County man charged with making terroristic threats to police and government officials was in court for a competency hearing Thursday, March 27.
Prosecuting Attorney Kristin Keller asked the court to send Ronald Collins, 32, to a mental facility for six months until he can be restored to a healthy mental state and would be fit to stand trial.
Dr. Bobby Miller testified that Collins suffers from bipolar disorder and is not fit at this time to continue in the judicial system.
Defendant Ronald Collins testified before the court against the wishes of his attorney Thursday.
He said he does feel competent to continue with his court proceedings.

Trooper R.A. Marsh testified that a cell-mate of Collins' in Southern Regional Jail had conversations with Collins in which he made threats toward several people in Raleigh County including judges, magistrates, police officers and attorneys.

Marsh said they equipped the inmate with a recording device and transcribed the threats for the judge to review.

Dr. Miller testified that in the past few months, Collins' condition has gotten worse and he be lives Collins' medication needs to be fixed before he can continue with his criminal proceedings.

Judge Burnside said he will make a ruling in the case of his competency on April 9th.

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