Gutting Fit To Stand Trial

The man accused in the stabbing murder of a Missouri State professor in 2016 is now considered mentally fit to stand trial.

A state psychologist says that 46-year-old Edward Gutting is able to help his defense against the murder charges connected to the killing of MSU Professor Marc Cooper.

Gutting is accused of coming through the back door of Cooper’s home, chasing him into the kitchen and then killing him. Gutting had previously been declared mentally incompetent and was due for re-evaluation before the court in March.

A new court appearance has been scheduled before Judge Thomas Mountjoy on April 3.

Gutting is charged with first degree murder, second degree assault, first degree burglary, and two counts of armed criminal action.

Gutting is being represented by Attorney Joe Passanise.

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