Defendant declared competent in Arizona murder case of Tahoe man |

Defendant declared competent in Arizona murder case of Tahoe man

Isaac Brambila

A defendant in the murder of South Shore man Matthew McMaster was found competent and his case will move forward to trial.

Randall Lee Young’s trail for his alleged participation in attempting to dispose of McMaster’s body was delayed after his defense filed a motion to have him evaluated last month.

According to court documents, Young was evaluated by two doctors, Dr. Juliano and Dr. Kirkley. Based on their assessments, the court found that Young understands the proceedings and is able to assist his counsel with his defense, putting an end to the latest delay in the case.

Young was previously scheduled to begin trial by mid February, but the request for an evaluation caused delays. His trial has been delayed at least twice before. He is now scheduled to appear in court for a status conference on April 8.

Young was indicted by a grand jury in August on charges of abandoning or concealing the body of a dead person.

The indictment came more than a year after McMaster’s death because investigators had not found conclusive evidence linking him to the alleged crime. They eventually found DNA evidence recovered near where McMaster’s burned body was found and took the evidence to a grand jury, which returned an indictment.

Vrouyr Manoukian, who is accused of McMaster’s murder and attempting to dispose of his body, continues to await trial in custody in Maricopa County, Arizona. He has been in custody since May of 2013 in connection with the murder. He was originally scheduled to begin trial in February of last year, but the case has seen several delays since. Most recently, the delays were linked to issues with the completion of interviews with likely witnesses.

McMaster was reportedly killed during an altercation with the two defendants in July 2012. Manukian was reportedly his roommate. An autopsy report revealed that he was killed by blunt force trauma to the head. Manukian is accused of delivering the deadly blow.

McMaster’s remains were found burned and tied up on a love seat among other furniture.

Manoukian was arrested on May 31, 2013, nearly a year after McMaster’s death.

McMaster moved to Arizona months before the incident and lived with Manoukian while they both attended motorcycle mechanic’s school. According to his mother, he was turning a new leaf and doing well in school, something he hadn’t done in the past. He was raised on the South Shore and attended George Whittell High School.

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