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LeVea Found Competent To Be Tried On Murder Charge

<p>William Levea, in a mugshot from the Cayuga County Sheriff's Department.</p>
William Levea, in a mugshot from the Cayuga County Sheriff's Department.

William LeVea of Fulton has been found mentally competent to stand trial for murder.

An expert met with LeVea and determined that he can understand the charges against him and can participate in his own defense. A judge today ruled that LeVea, 79, is mentally competent. His lawyer had claimed that LeVea was suffering from the beginnings of either Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia.

LeVea is accused of ramming his vehicle into the back of a car driven by Christopher Spack of Camillus. Spack’s pickup truck swerved out of control across Route 370 and hit another vehicle head on.

Police charged LeVea with murder, claiming he hit the back of Spack’s vehicle on purpose. He was also charged with DWI. His blood alcohol level was .16 when it was tested a couple of hours after the crash, according to prosecutors.

LeVea remains in the Cayuga County Jail.  A grand jury is reportedly hearing his case.