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Man accused of beating to death his pregnant girlfriend goes to trial

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 19 2013 07:08:20 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 19 2013 07:46:46 PM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

A Butte County judge has found the man accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend to death mentally competent to stand trial.
    
Investigators say Olabaku Jones killed his long-time girlfriend Abby Tucker in June in their Oroville home.

The prosecution called three psychologists who interviewed Jones within the past two months.  It was the results of a psychological test that convinced the judge Thursday morning to send him to trial.

There are three standards that an inmate must meet in order to be mentally competent to go to trial: the defendant must understand the charges he or she is being accused of, they must have rational manner of behavior with their attorney and finally they must understand the repercussions of the charges.

The defense argued that Jones was not mentally competent going to trial citing testimony from psychologists that Jones hears voices and hallucinates, but a SIMS test convinced the judge otherwise.

"SIMS is a tool for structure malingering evaluating assessment that psychologist use and it measures using a 75 question examination whether someone is exaggerating their mental health condition," said Butte County Deputy District Attorney Kurt Worley.

Experts say if someone scores above a 14 on the exam they are likely deceiving about their condition. Jones scored a 44 on his exam.

The trial will go forward, but a date has not been set.  Jones told the court he wants to represent himself.  He'll back in court on Dec. 31 to set a date for his trial.