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Accused Murderer Headed Back to Eastern State Hospital

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Kennewick -- For the second time, charges against an accused murderer have been dropped.  

Robert talancon, blamed for the death of darren evans in Kennewick in 2005, has been sent back to Eastern State Hospital after a brief hearing Wednesday in a Kennewick courtroom.

Charges against Talancon had earlier been dropped, then reinstated as medical experts studied his mental condition.  The man suffered a brain injury after contracting a fungal infection following his arrest.     

Today it was determined he is not competent to state trial, and could be a danger to society.

Officials at Eastern State Hospital will spend as many as 30 days doing paperwork, and Talancon will be in care there for 180 days following before he is again assessed.

One psychologist who has treated Talancon, says it is unlikely he will ever recover from the brain injury which keeps him from being competent to stand trial.