Former Purdue Student Accused of Roommate’s Murder Deemed Incompetent for Trial


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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – Ji Min Shah, a former Purdue University student, will not face trial for the murder of his former roommate Varun Chedda just yet. 

Chedda was found stabbed to death in the dorm room he shared with Shah last year, leading to Shah’s arrest.

Medical experts have diagnosed Shah with possible schizophrenia, and a judge has ruled that he is not competent to endure a murder trial. He will be held at a mental institution for the next 90 days in the hope that he will improve enough to stand trial in the future.

This development comes after Shah underwent several mental evaluations. The ruling means that Shah’s trial is now on hold until further notice.

The murder took place in McCutcheon Hall, a student dorm on Purdue’s campus last October. Purdue University officials have yet to comment on the latest ruling regarding Shah’s case.


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