Alton Sterling's son found unfit in child rape trial

Cameron Sterling (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The son of the man whose killing by police officers sparked protests has been found incompetent to stand trial on a charge of first-degree rape of a child.

The Advocate reports the Thursday ruling comes after three doctors were appointed to examine Cameron Sterling, 18, who's accused of raping an 8-year-old boy while babysitting in December.

Sterling's father, Alton Sterling, was killed by police outside of a convenience store in 2016. Video of his death was widely shared, prompting protests about police brutality against minorities.

Prosecutor Larry McAlpine and defense attorney Dedrick Moore say doctors believe Sterling's competence can be restored. He has since been transferred from a parish prison to a state mental facility in Jackson for treatment. His competency is set to be reviewed in August.



 
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