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      Suspect in deaths of SC women ruled incompetent

      A man charged in the deaths of two women in Westminster has been found incompetent to stand trial.
      WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) -- A man charged in the deaths of two women in Westminster has been found incompetent to stand trial.

      Judge Cordell Maddox ruled Tuesday that a probate court should hold proceedings to commit 86-year-old Nicholas Bonelli to a mental hospital.

      Bonelli still faces two charges of murder in the deaths of 82-year-old Clarine Smith and 63-year-old Sandra Myers. Maddox says those charges will stay in place in case Bonelli is found competent in the future.

      The women were found dead in Smith's home in November. Authorities say Smith died from a blow to the head. Myers, her niece, died from a stab wound to the chest.

      Deputies say Bonelli lived with Smith and was found with cuts and stab wounds that appeared to be self-inflicted.