Cambria man ruled sane enough for trial

ktanner@thetribunenews.comMay 16, 2013 

A Cambria man’s mental health has improved enough that he will face arraignment Wednesday in connection with the death of his half brother in August. At an April 17 hearing, Henslee’s mental competence was “deemed restored,” and criminal proceedings were reinstated.

Brandon Henslee, 23, is accused of killing Tyler Hanks, 20, at their Cambria home.

Henslee’s proceedings had been delayed after San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy ruled Dec. 12 that he was mentally unable to assist in his own defense against charges he murdered Hanks. She had reviewed two reports submitted by psychiatric experts.

Henslee’s attorney, Fred Foss, indicated at the time he didn’t think his client was competent to stand trial.

Hanks’ body was found under a tree in a wooded area approximately a half-mile from the home Hanks shared with Henslee, their mother and her husband. Witnesses said they saw Henslee moving a large yard-waste can at the time the killing is believed to have occurred, and they said they saw Henslee rinsing blood out of that same can.

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