Institutionalized Dothan man deemed fit to stand trial for murder

Associated Press - July 6, 2010 11:34 AM ET

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Court records show that a Dothan man who has been treated at a state mental hospital has been declared competent to stand trial for the killing of his wife.

Houston County sheriff's deputies arrested James Allen Chumney on Aug. 13, 2007, and charged him with murder in the slaying of his 36-year-old wife, Christine Chumney.

Records show the 45-year-old Chumney was admitted to Taylor Hardin, a mental health facility, in 2008 and was released last week. He's now being held at the Houston County jail.

Deputies say Christine Chumney was shot three times with a handgun at her home.

Information from: The Dothan Eagle,

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