Man accused of murdering father, brother competent to stand trial

13News Now Jemie Lee has the story

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- A special prosecutor said Monday that Zachary Toothman, who is accused of killing his father and brother and seriously injuring his mother, is competent to stand trial. 

Special Prosecutor Paul Ebert from Prince William County said a doctor cleared Toothman to stand trial following an evaluation.

Toothman is charged with First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

Chesapeake police officers found the bodies of Michael Toothman, a 30-year veteran of the Chesapeake Police Department, and Matthew Toothman, 17, inside the family's home in Great Bridge on August 7, 2016.

Toothman's mother, Susie, was hurt in the shooting. She survived and recovered from her injuries.

The violence shocked neighbors in this city of 200,000 where the elder Toothman served on the police force for more than 30 years.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that before the shooting, Toothman had failed out of Virginia Tech's Naval ROTC program and was no longer enrolled at the university.

A preliminary hearing date of May 10 was set.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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