Mt. Vernon Register-News

January 24, 2013

Man deemed fit for trial in toddler’s death


Associated Press

MT. VERNON — MURPHYSBORO (AP) — A southern Illinois man has been declared mentally fit to stand trial on charges that accuse him of killing a toddler under his care last year.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (http://bit.ly/10NfPwc ) reports that a psychiatrist who examined 24-year-old Jarrod Rudder of Elkville found him competent to face trial in Jackson County on first-degree murder charges.

Rudder has pleaded not guilty in the April 2012 death of 2-year-old Michael Pulliam, who suffered bleeding on the brain and several broken bones and contusions.