Competency issue to be heard in Ky. clinic death

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A competency hearing is set for the eastern Kentucky man accused of fatally shooting an Appalachian doctor.

John C. Combs is expected to appear for the hearing at 10 a.m. CDT Thursday at the Floyd County courthouse in Prestonsburg. A pretrial conference is scheduled for later in the day.

Combs has been charged in the killing of Dennis Sandlin, who was shot to death last year at the Leatherwood-Blackey Medical Clinic in Cornettsville. Police have said Combs killed Sandlin hours after the doctor denied him a narcotics prescription. Sandlin had worked at the clinic since 1990.

In January, Combs pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, burglary, evidence tampering and terroristic threatening. At that hearing, a judge also granted a defense request to have Combs assessed for mental competency.

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