Western Illinois man facing murder charges found mentally fit

QUINCY - A western Illinois man who is facing first-degree murder charges has been found mentally fit to stand trial.

Authorities say David Masterson, 51, was ruled mentally fit by Adams County Circuit Judge William Mays.  Mays says the ruling was made after reviewing findings from a psychologist's evaluation of Masterson.

Masterson faces two counts of first-degree murder in the December 2014 death of Jason Tournear, 41.  According to authorities, Masterson allegedly struck Tournear with a metal pipe after an argument.

Masterson remains in jail on $5 million bond.  He could go to trial if a preliminary hearing on Tuesday determines there's probable cause to believe that Masterson committed the crime.

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