BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Colorado man accused of using an ax to kill his 4-year-old nephew is competent to stand trial for first-degree murder.

Broomfield County District Judge Don Quick ruled Friday that 27-year-old Emanuel Doll can be tried for the April 27, 2017, slaying. Another judge ruled in March 2018 that Doll was incompetent and ordered that he be committed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

Police have said Doll's parents found their young grandson dead in their basement, and Doll was arrested after officers found him wearing bloody clothes in the backyard.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 17.