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Judge Allowing Nevada Murder Suspect To Be Own Trial Lawyer

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has ruled that a man accused of trying to kill his mother in 2019 and fatally stabbing her boyfriend can act as his own lawyer at trial.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Chan Park recently was found competent to stand trial after he spent about three months at Nevada's maximum-security psychiatric facility in Sparks.

The newspaper reports Park has had different attorneys so far, including a public defender and two veteran criminal defense lawyers. The 34-year-old South Korean citizen is charged in the slaying of 64-year-old Kevin Hackett at a Spring Valley home and the kidnapping and attempted murder of Park's mother, So Kim.

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Prosecutors say Park could get life in prison if convicted.