Jury to determine mental competency of 2008 triple homicide suspect



Jury selection began Monday for an Augusta man facing capital murder charges in a 2008 triple homicide.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury selected this week will be asked to determine whether Adrian Hargrove, 36, is competent to stand trial on charges that include murder, feticide and kidnapping.

Hargrove has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He is accused of the Feb. 9, 2008, stabbing deaths of Andrew Hartley Jr., 45, and his wife, Sharon Hartley, 46. He is also accused of killing their pregnant daughter, 18-year-old Allyson Pederson.

If Hargrove is found competent to stand trial, he will stand trial next month. If convicted, the jury in that trial will be asked to determine punishment – life in prison with or without the possibility of parole, or death.

The trial against Hargrove has been postponed repeatedly because of extensive mental evaluations, several changes in defense attorneys assigned by the Capital Defender’s Office, and emergency situations that prevented witnesses and attorneys from being in court.

Hargrove has been held in jail since his 2008 arrest.

The Hartleys were found stabbed to death in the bedroom of their Bennock Mill Road home. Pederson’s body was found set on fire off the Lock and Dam Road near Augusta Regional Airport.



Tue, 09/19/2017 - 22:57

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