Suspect in fatal shooting outside Overland Park school is competent to stand trial

A man charged with fatally shooting a co-worker on an Overland Park school playground has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Anthony D. Grable is charged in Johnson County District Court with first-degree murder in the killing last July of Todd Davis.

Grable, 33, of Kansas City, and Davis, 48, of Lee’s Summit, were part of a crew working outside Sunrise Point Elementary School, 15800 Roe Ave., when Grable allegedly pulled a gun and shot Davis and another co-worker who survived.

After fleeing the shooting scene, Grable allegedly committed two armed carjackings before he was arrested later that day.

A mental evaluation was ordered for Grable to determine if he was competent to stand trial. Based on the results of the examination, a judge on Monday found him competent.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 4.

In addition to the murder charge, Grable is charged with attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated robbery and burglary.

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Tony Rizzo covers federal and state courts for The Kansas City Star, where he has been a reporter for more than 30 years. He is a Kansas City native and veteran of the U.S. Army.