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Lawyer: Accused Columbia twin killer not competent for trial

A man accused of killing his twin brother in Columbia in 2007 might not be competent to stand trial, according to his attorney.

Wael Ali, 23, is scheduled to go on trial March 19 in the death of Wasel Ali. His attorney, however, filed a motion Feb. 7 raising questions about his client's competence, according to T. Wayne Kirwan, spokesman for the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.

A hearing on that motion has been scheduled for March 12 in Howard County Circuit Court, Kirwan said.

Wael Ali was arrested in September 2011 in Cobb County, Ga., where he was a student. He was extradited to Maryland and charged with first-degree murder in the slaying.

Wael and Wasel Ali were 19 when the 2006 Wilde Lake High School graduate was found dead from a neck injury, his body badly decomposed on a secluded dirt path behind the 12000 block of Green Meadow Drive, in Hickory Ridge.

There was no specific turning point in the investigation that led to Ali's arrested four years later, Howard County Police Department spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said at the time. Rather, she said, the arrest was the culmination of information and evidence gathered over time.

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