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Wabasha, MN (KROC-AM News) - A rural Zumbro Falls man has been found competent to stand trial for the murder of his father.

A Wabasha County judge issued the ruling this week in the case of 45-year-old James Edward Riley. He is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 73-year-old Edward Riley in early March.

The criminal complaint filed in Wabasha County Court says Riley admitted to investigators that he struck his father on the head with a hammer multiple times before stabbing him with a knife. Riley also stated that he then used a tractor lift to carry his father's body to a car and place the remains in the trunk where the body was later found by the victim's wife.

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Riley remains in the Wabasha County jail on $250,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court for an omnibus hearing on July 7th.

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