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Allen found competent to stand trial

November 14, 2017--7:23 p.m.

Staff reports

A jury has found Denver Fenton Allen competent to stand trial for the murder of another inmate in the Floyd County Jail.

In April, Judge Billy Sparks signed an order stating that Allen was temporarily not fit for trial, based on a report from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities that determined he was unfit for trial at that time.

He was sent to Central State Hospital in Milledgeville.

Following evaluation, psychiatrists deemed that Allen was once again competent and he was transferred back into the custody of the Floyd County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, the jury agreed that Allen is now competent.

During the final day of testimony Tuesday, Allen had to be removed from the courthouse more than once for outbursts.

At the beginning of the proceedings, the jury had barely sat down when Allen, shouted: "It's all false!"

The jurors were ushered back out and the judge warned Allen to be quiet.

After the verdict, Allen lashed out at jurors, calling them names as they left the courtroom.

Next comes the criminal trial, which will be set quickly, according to the judge.

Allen is accused of brutally murdering Stephen Rudolph Nally in August of 2015.

Allen is also known for a profanity-filled verbal exchange with another Floyd Superior Court Judge Bryant Durham in June of 2016, in which he threatened the judge's family and made several lewd comments of a sexual nature.

He made the news again in 2016 after making copies of the graphic crime scene photos and mailing them to members of the public.