Trial set for man accused of taking kids to Cuba

TAMPA, Florida - A Tampa man accused of kidnapping his children and fleeing, along with his wife, to Cuba has been found competent to stand trial.

Joshua Hakken's mental competency has been at question since April 2013 when he and his wife Sharyn Hakken took the children from their grandparents' home and fled to Cuba on a sailboat. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Tampa.

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The Tampa Bay Times reports a majority of doctors who've examined Hakken have declared him insane and at least one found him incompetent to stand trial.

During a hearing in June, Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe postponed the couple's trial to October and ordered a fresh psychiatric evaluation of Hakken by the same doctor who found him incompetent to stand trial.

During a hearing on Thursday, Judge Tharpe ruled Hakken was competent to stand trial, and set a trial date for October 6.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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