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Judge: Driver in hit-and-run rampage not fit for trial

Posted August 5, 2009 3:53 p.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2009 4:22 p.m. EDT

— A judge had ruled that the man charged in a 2004 hit-and-run spree is not competent to stand trial.

Abdullah El-Amin Shareef, 30, of Raeford, is charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder in the case. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him.

Authorities said Shareef stole a city-owned van in Fayetteville on April 14, 2004, and drove north. He hit and injured three men in Fayetteville, then ran over Lonel Bass in Linden, killing him.

Shareef abandoned the van, took Bass' pick-up truck and continued north, authorities said. They said he ran down another man in Harnett County before crashing the truck in Fuquay-Varina, where he was arrested.

A judge said Tuesday that Shareef needs more mental therapy before facing the charges.