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Cedar Rapids teen accused of stabbing, killing parents ruled competent to stand trial

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Ethan Orton

Ethan Orton, 17, leaving a competency hearing 1/14/22

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids teenager charged with killing his parents in October was found competent to stand trial.

Ethan Orton, 17, appeared in court Friday for a competency hearing, after being evaluated by a court-ordered psychiatrist at the request of the defense.  

Orton is charged as an adult with two counts of First-Degree Murder for the deaths of his parents, Casey Orton and Misty Scott-Slade, who were found dead in their home on October 14. Officers found Orton outside the home covered in blood. Orton allegedly admitted to police that he killed his parents with a knife and an axe to "take charge of his life." He pleaded not guilty to the charges in November.

Trial is set for February 8, but may to be delayed if Orton waives his right to a speedy trial, which ends March 14. Orton's attorney said he would like more time to discuss with his client and the judge gave them a week to determine whether they would like to push the trial back.