Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible

Ashley Freeman, left, and Lauria Bible, right.

Attorneys for the state of Oklahoma and Ronald Dean Busick met this morning before a judge and discussed the potential need for three separate mental competency evaluations for the defendant.

Busick is facing four counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping and an arson charge in the 1999 slayings of Danny and Kathy Freeman; the burning of their trailer home near Welch, Oklahoma; and the abduction and murders of their daughter, Ashley Freeman, and her best friend Lauria Bible, both 16.

The remains of Danny and Kathy Freeman were found in their burned trailer home, but the remains of the girls have yet to be recovered.

One mental competency evaluation would be conducted by the Oklahoma Forensic Center, as is routinely ordered by judges. The state and the defense also have a right to seek their own experts for an evaluation.

A letter filed with the court today on behalf of Gilbert Martinez, a neuropsychologist from San Antonio, Texas, states that he examined Busick on Wednesday of this week and found that the defendant tested at an IQ of 74, which would place him in the fourth percentile.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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