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Accused murderer faces competency hearing

A competency hearing has been scheduled for July 30 for accused murderer Brandon Suhr of Algona.

Suhr pleaded not guilty in a King County Courtroom on June 20 to stabbing 13-year-old Pacific resident Walter Denesha to death.

Suhr, 19, is alleged to have broken into a Pacific apartment on May 31 and killed the Mt. Baker Middle School seventh-grader with a sword.

Suhr reportedly hid Denesha's body in a closet before forcing the boy's 16-year-old sister to write a note claiming responsibility for the death and threatening to kill the rest of her family if she didn't accompany him.

Investigators say Suhr was upset by the breakup of his and the girl's relationship.

Suhr is being held on $2 million bail.

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