A man accused of dismembering his half-brother is mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Criminal proceedings were suspended about a month ago after Public Defender Brian Davis questioned whether Timothy Coop, 57, would be able to participate in his own defense.

Coop was found competent after an evaluation by Dr. Don Stembridge, a forensic psychologist.

Coop is accused of killing Thomas Cope, 66, with an ice pick in February. Cope's body was found dismembered at Coop's residence on Mary Avenue in Olivehurst.

Coop is being held without bail.

A pre-hearing conference is scheduled for May 11.

CONTACT reporter Monica Vaughan at 749-4783 and on Twitter @MonicaLVaughan.

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