A competency hearing was held this morning in Hardin County Common Pleas Court for a man facing multiple charges connected to the kidnapping of a 7 year old Kenton girl.
The attorney for Charles Castle entered not guilty by reason of insanity on behalf of her client, and an evaluation was conducted in late January.
The report was completed and sent to the Court in early March, and it showed that Castle has the capacity to understand the charges he is facing and is not intellectually disabled or mentally ill.
Based on that, Judge Scott Barrett ruled that Castle is competent to stand trial and the case will proceed.
No date has been set at this time to rule on a change of venue request also filed by the defense attorney.
The 57 year old Castle is facing charges of one count of aggravated attempted murder, one count of rape, 6 counts of kidnapping, three counts of tampering with evidence and one count each of endangering children, felonious assault, burglary and possessing criminal tools.
He was indicted in late December.