Suspect in Frontenac street racing death ruled incompetent for trial

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – A suburban St. Louis man accused in a street racing wreck that killed a 73-year-old woman has been ruled mentally incompetent for trial.

Defense attorney Matt Fry released details of 42-year-old Haven Sooter’s competency evaluation to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sooter, of St. Charles, is charged with second-degree murder and driving while intoxicated for the July 2016 crash that killed Kathleen Koutroubis.

Police say Sooter and attorney Scott Bailey were racing at up to 121 mph moments before the crash. Sooter’s BMW struck Koutroubis’ Toyota, sending it into the left lane, where it collided with Bailey’s Mustang.

Bailey was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in September and sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of probation.

Fry says Sooter suffered two strokes last year and can’t answer questions.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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