Teen fit to stand trial in UK slaying of retired US teacher

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Posted: Dec 08, 2016 8:49 AM

LONDON (AP) — The lawyer for a teenager accused in the London slaying of a retired Florida teacher says the defendant is fit to stand trial next year.

Zakaria Bulhan, 19, is accused of stabbing Darlene Horton to death and wounding five others in a rampage near the British Museum.

Defense lawyer John Jones confirmed that Bulhan — a Norwegian of Somali descent — is mentally fit to stand trial.

Bulhan appeared via videolink from Broadmoor secure hospital. He was not asked to enter pleas in the 64-year-old's slaying and the attempted murder of five others.

The trial was provisionally set for Feb. 6.

Horton had been visiting London with her husband, Florida State University psychology professor Richard Wagner, who had been teaching summer classes. They were to return home the next day.