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Associated Press, Published September 06 2013

Man charged in connection with ND deputy's death ruled competent

BISMARCK — A man arrested in connection with a deputy sheriff's fatal heart attack has been cleared to stand trial.

Robbie Roberson's case was put on hold in May 2012 after a judge found him mentally incompetent.

The Lincoln man was charged in September 2011 with terrorizing, resisting arrest, fleeing and drunken driving after a Burleigh County deputy stopped Roberson for speeding.

Authorities say that when he didn't comply, the deputy used his Taser twice to try to control Roberson, but his aggressive, violent behavior continued and the stress caused Deputy Bryan Sleeper to have a fatal heart attack.

Psychologists say Roberson suffers from schizophrenia but has been found able to assist in his defense.

He's in the Burleigh County Jail and his trial's scheduled for Jan. 7.