Competency of man accused of Clovis murder in question

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CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – There’s new fight over the man charged with murdering a mother at a Clovis park and whether he’s ready to go on trial.

Matthew Jennings is accused of attacking Ariel Ulibarri in November of 2014 while she was walking at Goodwin Trails Park with her son. The little boy, just 6-years-old at the time, ran to safety.

Police say Jenning’s DNA links him to the crime which he initially claimed was a hit–something investigators don’t believe.

Jennings was ruled incompetent to stand trial earlier this year, but now prosecutors argue that he has become competent and they wanted to take him to trial next week.

“We’re really anxious to get it done. We’re really prepared and ready to go. The family is ready to get this case behind them so that they can start having some closure,” said Andrea Reeb, 9th Judicial District Attorney.

The defense continues to argue that Jennings is not competent. A judge held a hearing on the issue Monday and has continued the case until April so he can make a decision.

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