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Woman accused of killing former mayor found competent to stand trial

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YORK, SC (WBTV) -

Prosecutors handling the case of Melvin Roberts, the former Mayor of York, and longtime attorney in town, says the woman accused of killing Roberts has been found competent to stand trial.

It was February 4th, 2010 when Melvin Roberts was found dead in his York driveway. Police say he was strangled and had head trauma.

Three months after the killing, investigators arrested Julia Phillips, Roberts' girlfriend. They say she did it because of money. Phillips maintains her innocence, and her attorney requested a psychiatric evaluation to see if she is competent to stand trial.

Phillips and her attorney requested mental evaluations, which were recently completed.

Prosecutors are hoping to get a trial date for late August.

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