Judge: Accused child killer mentally fit for trial

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a man accused of killing his four children at a Louisville apartment complex is mentally fit to stand trial.

Said Ali Biyad was charged in the killings and an attack on his wife in 2006.

Jefferson Circuit Judge James Shake ruled on June 4 that Biyad was mentally competent to stand trial on four counts of murder, attempted murder, rape and assault. Shake also set a trial date for June 14, 2010.

Biyad, a Somali immigrant, faces the death penalty if convicted of killing his four children who were between the ages of 2 and 8. Police said Biyad had been living in Oregon when he came here and confronted his estranged wife.

A message left for Mike Lemke, Biyad's attorney, was not returned Tuesday.

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