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Competency exam ordered for Vt. man in assault

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Mark Perron / Courtesy: Regina Cole Mark Perron / Courtesy: Regina Cole
Mark Perron / Courtesy: Regina Cole Mark Perron / Courtesy: Regina Cole
NEWPORT, Vt. -

A Vermont judge has ordered a competency exam for a Northeast Kingdom man accused of severely beating another.

David Fletcher, 20, will undergo an evaluation to see if he's competent to stand trial.

Fletcher has pleaded not guilty to beating Mark Perron, 51, back in June over a grudge.

Authorities say Fletcher and two other men-- Donald Cross and Peter Cirone-- beat Perron so badly, he is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury. Perron had 14 bullets from a pellet gun lodged in his skull and was unrecognizable.

Fletcher was reportedly declared incompetent to stand trial in another assault case three years ago.

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