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Pinellas judge: U.S. Army major found incompetent to stand trial can leave Florida

LARGO — A Pinellas circuit judge ruled this week that Roman Izzo, a U.S. Army major charged with murder but found incompetent to stand trial after he was injured in a motorcycle crash, can move to Kansas with his family.

Izzo was released on $1.5 million bail in August 2014 while he awaited his trial for the murder of his wife’s ex-husband. He suffered severe head injuries after a motorcycle crash in 2015.

In January, Pinellas Circuit Judge Chris Helinger found him incompetent to stand trial. It would be "highly improbable," according to court documents, for Izzo to regain his memory, reasoning, or speech. Izzo will be evaluated periodically for any improvements.

In a motion filed by his wife’s attorney, the family wants to move to Kansas, where they have close friends and family that can help her in the care of her husband.

It is the latest development in a case that dates back to Nov. 16, 2011, when Vincent Lee, 43, was found dead in his Clearwater condo. He was shot five times and stabbed 10 times, and his throat was slit, records state.

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