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Murder suspect deemed incompetent to stand trial for now
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COVINGTON, Ga. – Accused killer Benjamin Marcus Johnson has been deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial for now.

At a status hearing in Judge Ken Wynne’s courtroom at the Newton County Judicial Center Wednesday morning, Senior Assistant District Attorney Amber Bennett said Johnson was found not competent during a mental health evaluation at Georgia Regional Hospital last fall.

Johnson is accused of bludgeoning 62-year-old Michael Williams to death last May 6 and setting his body on fire in some woods near Washington Street and Old Brown Bridge Road. Johnson was identified as a suspect and arrested later that day after an intensive investigation and search by the Covington Police Department.

He is charged with multiple counts including felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault and concealing the death of another.

Johnson undergo a 60-day competency restoration program.