Nevada murder suspect caught faking mental incompetence

Published: Nov. 14, 2016 at 2:04 AM PST
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A judge in Phoenix has ruled that a man convicted of a killing a woman in Nevada has been faking being mentally incompetent in order to avoid standing trial in the Arizona homicide of another woman.

Commissioner Nicole Brickner in July had ruled that 46-year-old Craig Leslie Jacobsen was incompetent to stand trial but in a new ruling says Jacobsen is competent and has been "malingering to get out of his criminal case."

Jacobsen was released from a Nevada prison and extradited to Arizona in 2015 after being charged in 2014 in the death of Christina Marie Martinez in Maricopa County in 1997.

Jacobsen was convicted in Nevada in the killing of Ginger Rios, a 20-year-old singer and dancer who disappeared after she went to Jacobsen's spycraft store in Las Vegas.

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