A competency hearing’s set for today in the trial of 34-year-old Raymond Boothe, charged in the death of his son after the boy was taken from a group home in Creston. Boothe was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly using needlenose pliers to stab his developmentally-disabled 11-year-old son Levi last August. Boothe is accused of leaving Levi to die on the Kansas turnpike, and trying to kill himself and three other children in the car by crashing it southwest of Lawrence, Kansas. Boothe, who has a reported history of mental illness, remains jailed in Leavenworth COunty jail in Kansas.
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