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.