Man accused of murdering sisters found competent to stand trial

Man accused of murdering sisters found competent to stand trial
Elizabeth and Sarah Hayden. (Provided)
Elizabeth and Sarah Hayden. (Provided)

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Colerain Township man accused of killing his two sisters is now competent to stand trial, a Hamilton County judge ruled Wednesday.

Matthew Hayden, 22, is accused of firing multiple shots at the sisters and another teen in October of last year. The victims were sitting in a vehicle outside the family's home.

Sarah Hayden, 16, and Elizabeth Hayden, 17, died at the scene. Joshua Hacker, 16, survived the attack.

Hayden is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and attempted murder in the incident.

He was found incompetent to stand trial last November and was ordered to get treatment at Summit Behavioral Healthcare Center. During Wednesday's hearing in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, Judge Robert Winkler found him competent.

Hayden has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. His next hearing will be on June 13.

Investigators did not find an exact motive behind the shooting, but indicated it started with a family conflict.

The three victims were sitting in a van listening to music when Hayden allegedly fired multiple shots inside. He reloaded his 9mm Beretta handgun in the midst of the altercation, according to Colerain Township police spokesperson Jim Love.

Hayden immediately and peacefully surrendered when crews responded to the Banning Road home.

He is being held on $6 million bond.

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