Scott Curley, 25, charged with first-degree murder in the August 26, 2010, shooting death of Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Harris, has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Judge Mark Moran ruled at the July 12 proceedings in Coconino County’s Superior Court in Flagstaff, AZ, that Curley has a rational and functional understanding of the murder trial proceedings.

Deputy Harris was fatally wounded August 26 northeast of Fredonia, in what authorities have described as an ambush situation. They said Curley allegedly lie in wait to shoot law enforcement officers as they pursued him.

Curley has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, burglary and theft, and charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and a citizen.

In recent months, medical professionals from the defense and prosecution have presented findings to the court concerning Curley’s mental status. Not surprisingly, the experts disagreed about the extent of Curley’s mental illness, and whether he’s competent to stand trial.

The trial is currently set for October 9, at 9 a.m. in Flagstaff.