Competency to be reviewed for man charged in 2 slayings

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Competency evaluations will be reviewed for a man charged in the fatal shootings of a woman whose body was found in an abandoned rural central Indiana farmhouse and a man found slain at a nature preserve.

The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports the update comes after 38-year-old Daniel Lee Jones of Anderson appeared in court Wednesday and decided to retain a public defender instead of representing himself.

Authorities have said 39-year-old Trinity Parker and 36-year-old David Lamar Phillips II, both of Anderson, were fatally shot this summer. Parker’s body was found in a Grant County house just north of the Madison County line. Phillips’s body was found at the Rangeline Nature Preserve in Anderson.

Jones is charged with murder and criminal confinement. Several others are charged in the case.