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Man accused of trying to kill twin sister with fire is ruled incompetent for trial

By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader

February 17. 2017 12:04AM
DWAYNE CRAWFORD 

CONCORD — A man accused of trying to kill his twin sister by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed last week that Dwayne Crawford, 37, should be declared not competent for now and to review his mental status again in the future, according to documents filed in 6th Circuit Court District Division.

Judge Kristin Spath signed off on the agreement Feb. 9, when Crawford was scheduled for a competency hearing. The prosecution and defense agreed that more time is needed before determining how to proceed. Under the agreement, the state will seek to civilly commit Dwayne Crawford for up to 90 days.

A review hearing is scheduled for March 9.

Crawford is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, arson, first degree assault, reckless conduct and criminal mischief. He was arrested Dec. 15 after authorities responding to a fire call found Tamika Crawford, 37, lying in a snowbank outside her home at 66 Woodbine Ave. in Concord with third-degree burns.

According to court documents, Dwayne Crawford told a police officer at the scene, “I did it. I lit her on fire.” Police said Tamika Crawford was still conscious enough to yell to an officer “my brother did this, my brother did this ... you have to arrest him.”

dalden@unionleader.com


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