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Roberson Heading to Trial on Terrorizing Charges

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A man who's combative behavior was a factor in a Burleigh County Deputies death has been given the ok to stand trial.

Robbie Roberson's terrorizing case was put on hold a year and a half ago after a Judge found him incompetent.

Roberson was charged September 28th 2011 with terrorizing, resisting arrest, fleeing and DUI.

A Burleigh County Deputy stopped Roberson for speeding. Roberson didn't comply with the officers orders, the deputy used his taser twice to try to control Roberson but Roberson's aggressive, violent behavior continued.

Authorities say it was Roberson's combative actions that caused so much stress, Burleigh County Deputy Bryan Sleeper had a heart attack and died.

During his arrest Roberson threatened two deputies with very violent threats of killing them.

That was two years ago.

It's taken so long for this case to move forward because back in May 2012 Roberson was committed to the State Hospital.

Judge Thomas Schneider ruled Roberson was incompetent to stand trial.

47 year old Roberson was ordered to stay at the Hospital for treatment until his competency was restored.

Roberson was court ordered to be forced to take medications to further the case.

Which sparked a flurry of motions.

Roberson and his defense attorney said the state does not have jurisdiction to force Roberson to be medicated.

Psychologists say Roberson suffers from Schizophrenia and medication is the only option for treatment.

Roberson did get treated... And has recently been found able to assist in his defense.

He is now in the Burleigh County Jail.

Roberson's trial has been set for January 7th.

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