Southern Illinois Man Found Unit To Stand Trial For Trying To Kill Estranged WifeBENTON, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man who allegedly tried unsuccessfully to kill his estranged wife in a fire has been found unfit to stand trial.
A Franklin County judge made the ruling involving 37-year-old Mark Hensley of Sesser after a doctor who psychiatrically examined Hensley found the man to be mentally challenged. The judge scheduled a status hearing for Feb. 7.
Hensley is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated arson and home invasion related to the Oct. 27 blaze in downtown Christopher. His estranged wife told police Hensley ignited an upstairs apartment where she was staying, but all occupants escaped serious injury.
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