LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A man charged with killing his four children and attacking his wife is mentally fit to stand trial on four counts of murder, a state psychologist said.
Attorneys for Said Ali Biyad have argued that he is incompetent and therefore should not face trial.
Psychologist Greg Perri met five times last year with Biyad, an immigrant from Somalia. Perri said Monday he believes Biyad would be able to follow trial proceedings.
Biyad was in Jefferson County Circuit Court Monday for a mental
competency hearing. Judge James M. Shake ended the hearing after
Perri's testimony and said it would continue at a later date.
Perri told Commonwealth's Attorney Carol Cobb that while he was
giving Biyad a questionaire on one occasion, Biyad attempted to avoid certain questions. He said he felt Biyad was avoiding certain subjects on purpose, which indicated his competency.
He said he also asked Biyad what he thought attorneys should focus on for his defense. Perri said Biyad replied to him that he could not have killed his children, and that he was new to this country.
"He said, 'It's not possible for me to do that when I love my children,"' Perri said.
Biyad appeared disheveled in court, in a blue prison outfit, tousled hair and an unkempt beard and mustache. He spoke quietly with a translator.
Biyad is facing the death penalty for the Oct. 6, 2006, killings of his four children: Goshany, Khadija, Fatuma and Sidi Alia, ages 2 to 8. The children had their throats cut.
Biyad, who had been living in Oregon, is also charged with attempted murder, rape and assault for an alleged attack on his wife, Fatuma Amir.
He had an argument about the children with his estranged wife before he attacked her with a blunt instrument, Louisville police said at the time.
Biyad went to police headquarters after the killings and told police, "I've just killed my family," police said.
Police officers sent to the apartment at the Iroquois Homes complex found the children's bodies.
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