Clinton pawn shop shooting suspect ruled competent

Clinton pawn shop shooting suspect ruled competent to stand trial

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James Allen Green James Allen Green

CLINTON (WATE) - The man charged with the fatal shooting of a Clinton pawn shop employee has been ruled competent to stand trial.

James Allen Green, 65, was arrested and charged in November 2011 for the killing of Larry Snellings, 59.

Investigators say the shooting happened after Green asked to see a gun at South Clinton Pawn Shop.

When Snellings handed him the gun, Green loaded it and shot him.

Green was declared insane and sent to Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga in April 2012, but re-evaluations were scheduled every six months.

On January 3, 2012, doctors at Moccasin Bend determined that Green was competent and returned him to the custody of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office with specific orders regarding medication.

At an April 8, 2013 hearing, Anderson County Judge Donald R. Elledge ruled that Green was competent after hearing testimony from doctors at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute and officials from the Anderson County Detention Facility.

Doctors described Green's recovery as "remarkable," saying his brain had been psychotically disorganized with chronic brain failure due to mini-strokes.

However, they say his condition will relapse if his medication is stopped.

Green is charged with premeditated murder, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with serious bodily injury, murder during the perpetration of theft, and theft.

A trial date has not yet been set.

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