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Man Accused Of Drowning Woman Competent For Trial

ELKTON, Md. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that a man accused of drowning a woman in a bathtub last year is competent to stand trial.

Cecil County Circuit Court Administrative Judge V. Michael Whelan gave the ruling Friday. He also found that Jeffrey Cordell of Middletown, Del., could be held criminally responsible if he is found guilty in the murder case. No trial date has been set.

Cordell, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Erica Green, 27, in a home in Elkton on May 18, 2010.

Authorities also allege he set the house on fire and tried to stab two men who lived in the house.

Cordell's lawyer filed a plea in March claiming that Cordell had psychological problems that impaired his judgment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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