by Bethany M. Dunbar
NEWPORT — A new examination of Roger Pion’s mental health shows that he is currently competent to stand trial, attorneys and Judge Howard Van Benthuysen heard in the criminal division of Orleans Superior Court Tuesday.
His new lawyer, Chandler Matson, asked for some time to prepare for a trial. He is the third attorney on the case and said he does not have all the records yet. He said he is 60 to 70 percent up to speed.