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Man charged with Tennessee’s deadliest mass murder found fit to stand trial

WESTMORELAND, Tenn. (WSMV) — Michael Cummins, the man accused of killing more than half a dozen people in 2019, was found fit to stand trial on Monday.

Cummins is accused of killing six people – David and Clara Cummins, Michael Cummins’ parents, Charles Hosale, his grandfather, Marsha Nuckols, Rachel McGlothlin-Pee and Sapphire McGlothlin-Pee – inside the home of Charles Brown Road. Mary Sue Hosale, her grandmother, was found alive in the house on or about April 26.

Previous trials were rescheduled over the years as he underwent mental evaluations to determine his fitness for trial.

District Attorney Ray Whitely told News4 that after multiple medical professionals examined Cummins, they determined him fit to stand trial in April 2023. However, he added that Cummins would continue to undergo evaluations until ‘on the date of his trial in April 2023.

Cummins will have a developmental disability hearing on September 9, 2022 to determine if he is eligible for the death penalty due to his mental condition. If he is deemed unfit to receive the death penalty, this does not exclude the possibility of life imprisonment.

Court officials said the murders were committed over several days. Since there are three different scenes, the defense says there should be three separate trials. But prosecutors argue the three locations are connected and should be tried as one.

Jury selection for the trial takes place on April 3, 2023 and day one will be April 5, 2023 in Gallatin.

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