09 21 2014
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COVINGTON, La. (AP) -- A 21-year-old man accused of obstructing justice in last November's killing of a would-be Ku Klux Klan recruit from Oklahoma will get another two months of tutoring to try to make him competent for trial.
Shane Foster of the Bogalusa area is accused of trying to cover up the shooting allegedly committed by his father, Raymond "Chuck" Foster.
In April, State District Judge Reginald Badeaux ordered 90 days of tutoring from a forensic coordinator after a court-appointed forensic psychiatrist testified that he didn't understand the law or the difference between guilt and innocence.
Dr. Michelle Garriga said he had "cognitive deficits," was "mildly mentally retarded or a little above that," and did not understand his legal rights or the roles of judges, attorneys, jurors or defendants.
Badeaux was scheduled to determine Foster's mental condition Wednesday. But Assistant District Attorney Julie Knight and defense attorney John Lindner agreed Tuesday to give the tutoring another 60 days.
Raymond Foster, alleged imperial wizard of the Bogalusa Sons of Dixie Knights, is charged with second-degree murder of Cynthia Lynch, 43, of Tulsa, Okla. Authorities have said she was recruited over the Internet and was shot after telling Foster she wanted to go home.
Foster and Frank Stafford, 21, allegedly drove to a gas station near Bogalusa and asked a clerk how they could get bloodstains out of their clothes as part of the cover-up.
The bullet was dug out of Lynch's body, her belongings were burned and her body dumped into a ditch near Sun, St. Tammany sheriff's officials have said.
Stafford is serving a four-year prison term after pleading guilty in April to obstruction of justice, which carries a maximum of 40 years and a $100,000 fine.

 

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