Triple homicide suspect ruled competent to stand trial

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UPPER MARLBORO, MD -- A judge ruled Thursday that a Clinton, Md. man accused of killing his young sister and two cousins in August is competent to stand trial.

Investigators have not indicated what the motive was for the alleged murders.

Antonio Williams, 25, is accused of stabbing to death his sister, Nadira Withers, 6, and his cousins, Ariana Decree, 9, and Ajayah Decree, 6, visiting from Newark, New Jersey, on August 18 at his mother's Clinton, Md. home. He had been left in charge of the children while his mother worked.

Williams had been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation following his first hearing last month that was cancelled due to his outbursts and those from the families of Williams and the victims.

After hearing from the Prince George's County State's Attorney's expert witness, a psychologist, and making her own observations of Williams' conduct in court, the judge ruled Williams was competent to stand trial.

"Uncooperative, I think, is the term that is best for us to describe how Mr. Williams presented. He’s been uncooperative throughout," said State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. She added that the psychologist said Williams had no history of mental illness. "He was very appropriate and listening to the questions today. That after those questions, he would lean in and ask his attorney questions. So he was able, even today, to assist in his own defense."

The judge ordered that Williams continue to be held without bond.

His next hearing is a preliminary hearing scheduled for September 18.