Man charged with crashing cruiser, killing girls ruled competent to stand trial


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A Dayton man charged with stabbing his father and causing a car crash that killed two children is competent to go to trial.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Gerald Parker said two doctors evaluated Raymond A. Walters and found that he is capable of understanding the court proceedings and that he can stand trial.

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Walters, 32, also asked Parker for new counsel in the case that could result in him going to prison for the rest of his life.

Walters also previously asked for a change of venue.

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Walters is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, felonious assault, robbery, aggravated vehicular assault, failing to comply with a police officer and other offenses.

He originally was due in court on Feb. 29, but appeared Thursday.

On Aug. 26, police and prosecutors say Walters stabbed his father multiple times, stole and crashed his father’s truck, stole a Riverside police cruiser and then crashed it in front of the downtown Dayton Metro Library while driving about 97 mph.

The cruiser struck a van, resulting in the deaths of two 6-year-old girls, cousins Penelope Jasko and Eleanor McBride.

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