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Competency Hearing Planned For Man Accused of Killing Stepdaughter

Competency hearing for Wendell Noyes is scheduled for Nov. 21

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    Wendell Noyes, 52, of Stewartstown, New Hampshire, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge in the slaying of his 11-year-old stepdaughter, Celina Cass, back in 2011

    A hearing is planned on whether a New Hampshire man accused of murdering his 11-year-old stepdaughter five years ago is mentally competent to stand trial.

    The competency hearing for 52-year-old Wendell Noyes is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Lancaster. It was rescheduled from September.

    Noyes is accused of murdering 11-year-old Celina Cass by submerging her body in the Connecticut River, where she was found six days after she was reported missing in July 2011. Her disappearance led to a search by federal, state and local law enforcement in the North Country town of Stewartstown, a mile from the Canadian border.

    Noyes is charged with second-degree murder.

    His public defender, Marcie Hornick, has said Noyes' competency must be determined before a probable cause hearing can be scheduled.

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