FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – The man charged with murdering Plantation attorney Melissa Britt Lewis then dumping her body in a canal has been ruled competent to stand trial.
Tony Villegas was originally ruled incompetent to stand trial and has spent 10 months locked in a mental health facility.READ MORE: Officials Worry Large Crowds Will Leave Mess Behind After Memorial Day Weekend
According to the Sun Sentinel, Villegas defense team did not fight the recent findings of two forensic psychologists that he is mentally fit to continue with court proceedings in the March 2008 slaying of Melissa Britt Lewis.READ MORE: Death Of Child Pulled From Homestead Pond Under Investigation
Villegas faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.
Melissa Britt Lewis was a law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein and she had been best friend’s with Villegas’ ex-wife, Debra Villegas, Rothstein’s chief operating officer.MORE NEWS: Florida Law Enforcement Officials Reassure Parents On Potential School Shooter Threat
Debra Villegas is scheduled to begin serving a 10-year prison sentence in June after pleading guilty to helping Rothstein with his $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme.