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Arizona murder defendant convicted of separate killing in Nevada ruled incompetent

PHOENIX — A man facing murder and kidnapping charges in Arizona after being convicted in Nevada in another killing has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial.

A judge in Phoenix on July 7 ordered that 45-year-old Craig Leslie Jacobsen be treated to restore his competency to stand trial.

Jacobsen was released from a Nevada prison and extradited to Arizona in 2015 after being charged in 2014 in the death of Christina Marie Martinez in Maricopa County in 1987.

Jacobsen was convicted in 2003 in Nevada in the killing of Ginger Rios, a 20-year-old singer and dancer who disappeared after she went to Jacobsen’s spycraft store in Las Vegas.

Guided by Jacobsen’s wife, authorities found Rios’ body in 1997 buried in a desert grave near Florence in Pinal County in south-central Arizona.

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