Accused found unfit to stand trial in Purdue student’s killing

New York: A student, who was charged with murder after he stabbed his Indian-origin roommate to death in October, has been found unfit to stand trial, judges ruled.

Ji Min Sha, a 22-year-old cybersecurity major from South Korea, stabbed Varun Manish Chheda (20), a Data Science student, inside their first-floor McCutcheon Hall room on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.

Tippecanoe Circuit Judge Sean Persin ruled last week after reading a report prepared by defense-hired psychologist Dr Sean Samuels. Samuels had interviewed Sha for five hours shortly after the slaying.

Prosecutors alleged that Sha stabbed Chheda several times in the head and neck with a folding knife that officers found on the floor near the chair where the victim’s body was discovered. Sha faces one count of murder for stabbing, and is currently being held at the Tippecanoe County Jail.

The ruling came after Sha’s attorney Kyle Cray requested the court to appoint psychiatrists, psychologists or physicians to evaluate whether Sha is competent enough to stand trial, and his sanity at the time of the alleged murder.

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