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Murder suspect competent for trial after alleged assault of corrections officer

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Five guards escorted a man accused of murder into court this morning.

Malcolm Woods, 27, of Mankato was in a hearing this morning after a grand jury indicted him on 1st degree murder charges in March.

Court records indicate a rule 20 appeal was filed. In Minnesota, that’s when the defense tries to argue incompetence due to mental illness.

A doctor rejected this and has ruled that Woods is competent to stand trial.

Investigators say Woods shot and killed Brandon Arndt last September. Two other people, Darien Klindworth-Woods and Kielah Parsons, face murder charges in the case.

Woods is also charged with 4th degree assault stemming from an incident in April. The criminal complaint states that Woods splashed a drink carton full of urine onto a correctional officer that was giving him a meal.

Woods was mostly unresponsive during today’s hearing. He asked multiple times “Can I go now?” and stated “I’m black, I don’t have any rights.”

Woods intends to enter a not guilty plea in a trial that will go before a jury.

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