UPDATE: Rusk County murder suspect Preston Kraft found not competent to stand trial

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Rusk County (WQOW) – The suspect in a Rusk County murder was found not competent to stand trial.

Preston Kraft is charged in the May death of Robert Pettit.

Monday, a judge ordered Kraft to involuntary medication and treatment. Regular reports on Kraft will be made to the courts.

Kraft is charged with first degree murder. If ever found competent to stand trial, he faces life in prison.


Rusk County (WQOW) – A competency hearing has been scheduled for the suspect in a Rusk County murder.

Preston Kraft is charged in the death of Robert Pettit.

In August, public defenders told the judge they had reason to doubt Kraft’s competency to understand the proceedings and to communicate with his attorneys.

The results of the competency exam will be the subject of discussion at a hearing November 12.

Kraft is charged with first degree murder. He faces life in jail.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the 10:00 PM Evening Anchor/Producer.

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