Lawyer-stabbing inmate going to trial in Everett

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- After a mental exam, a defendant who stabbed two lawyers in court with pencils has been found competent for his murder trial in Everett.

A Snohomish County Superior Court judge signed an order Tuesday for the trial of Joshua Monson to go forward.

The 27-year-old is accused of fatally shooting 30-year-old Brian Jones last January in an Everett apartment while he was talking on a cell phone. Monson also is facing a drug charge.

The Daily Herald reports Monson made Tuesday's court appearance from jail with his hands shackled at his waist. He wasn't allowed to use a pen or pencil.

Monson is on his third defense lawyer. The first two were replaced after they were stabbed with pencils last month in separate incidents. They were not seriously injured.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com