Hall Competent To Stand Trial

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The man accused of raping and killing 15-year-old Nacole Winter, then burning part of her body has been deemed competent to stand trial. She was found near Lake Shawnee in December 2006 after she had been missing for about two weeks.

Christopher Hall had previously been deemed incompetent to stand trial, and has been in a state psychiatric hospital since December.

When Hall goes to trial, the original report that deemed him incompetent will be submitted into the record.

Nacole's family members were pleased with the decision, but will wait to comment further after Hall actually stands trial.

Two of Hall's brothers, Michael and Anthony Hall agreed to testify against Christopher.

That cooperation in exchange for prosecutors not seeking more -- or less -- time for crimes they were involved in, including an assault with a hammer.

A preliminary hearing will likely be set Thursday afternoon.