Altus Man Found Competent to Stand Trial for Ex-Wife's Murder

An Altus man accused of murdering his ex-wife and burying her body almost 15 years ago has been judged competent to stand trial and a preliminary hearing for 2nd degree murder is set.

The trial for 49-year-old Garland Allen will now move forward, after it had been put on hold so Allen could be evaluated for mental competency. In the hearing Monday, Allen's attorneys waived his right to a trial by jury.

Authorities say in December, Allen led them to the remains of his ex-wife Tracy in a remote area near the Tom Steed Reservoir. Officials believe Tracy may have been killed in 2001 during an argument in Allen's trailer.

Allen's preliminary hearing is set for 9 am on July 22.

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