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Accused Ingles shooter competent to stand trial
Jimquez Swiney
Jimquez Swiney

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington man accused of shooting his wife inside a grocery store last year has been judged competent to stand trial, the district attorney’s office said Tuesday during a hearing at the Newton County Judicial Center.

Jimquez Swiney, 34, is charged with shooting his wife in the arm in the deli area of the Ingles on Turner Lake Road May 30, 2017. He was arrested the same day after a citizen on Capes Drive saw him trying to break into a residence and called police.

Swiney was spotted by responding officers hiding behind a tree and taken into custody without incident. The gun used in the shooting was found near where he was arrested.

Assistant District Attorney Tabitha Rogers said Swiney was judged competent to stand trial in February after a mental health evaluation by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. No trial date has been set.

He faces multiple charges including criminal attempt to commit a felony, aggravated assault family violence, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.