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Madison County Triple Murder Suspect Appears in Court

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The case of the man accused of killing three people in Madison County more than two years ago is finally moving forward.

Rashad Riddick is accused of murdering his uncle, James Jackson, Jackson's wife Karen, and her daughter Chante Davis in February 2011. They were found dead on a Madison County farm. 

Riddick appeared in Madison County Circuit Court Wednesday morning. Since his arrest, he had been found mentally incompetent and the case was at a standstill.

Wednesday, medical experts at Central State Hospital finally said he is competent to stand trial - although a judge has to make that final ruling.

Family friends of the victims were in the courtroom. They say they are ready for the case to finally move forward.

"It's so hard on the family to have to keep reliving this, they need to get, to move forward with their lives and so do we and the only way to do that is to put it behind us," said Lindy Sanford, a family friend of the Jackson's.

Madison Circuit Court Clerk Linda Parrish says Riddick claims to be competent to stand trial but his defense has still requested another hearing with expert testimony. The testimony will provide a closer look at documents from Central State Hospital. 

The judge has not yet set a date for the next hearing.  Friends of the victims have a fund set up to support the Jacksons' grandchildren and the Madison County Boys and Girls Club.­­­­­

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