Rochester Murder Suspect Deemed Competent – Again
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The man accused of a fatal shooting at a park in southeast Rochester last fall has been found competent to stand trial.
An Olmsted County judge made the determination today after reviewing the results of a psychological evaluation that was ordered for 28-year-old Malcolm Woods last month. This is the second time Woods has been found competent for prosecution since his arrest last fall.
Woods was indicted earlier this year on first and second-degree murder charges stemming from the death of 38-year-old Brandon Arndt. Woods is accused of shooting the victim at the front door to his residence at Bob’s Trailer Park on September 10th last year, allegedly he and two other family members mistakenly believed Arndt had something to do with a life-threatening medical emergency suffered by their grandmother the day before the fatal shooting.
Woods, who remains jailed on $2 million bail, is due back in court for an evidentiary hearing next week. The two family members accused of being involved in the murder. 20-year-old Darien Klindworth Woods, and 35-year-old Kielah Parsons, are scheduled to stand trial on second-degree murder charges early next year.