Judge rules Gregory O'Bryan competent to stand trial


by Gene Kang


Posted on July 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 12 at 1:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --The man accused of killing a Sullivan University student was back in a Jefferson County court room Thursday and was found competent to stand trial.

In less than an hour, a judge in Jefferson County found Gregory O'Bryan competent to face a jury trial in November.

"The court is going to order today or tomorrow that he is competent to stand trial at this time," prosecutor Tom VanDeRostyne said.

A psychologist testified about O'Bryan's psychiatric background. O'Bryan was given a competency exam within the past month.

He's charged with murdering Sullivan University student, 18-year-old Andrew Compton.

The teenager disappeared in October of 2010 and detectives have not been able to find his body.

WHAS 11: "How has the family been throughout this whole ordeal? I know they don't even live in this area."

VanDeRostyne said: "I really don't want to comment about the Comptons. I can just say that overall the thrust of the case is to do the best job for them. We're hopeful someday we can find Andrew."

O'Bryan's defense lawyers were not available for comment.