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Man charged in professor's murder to stand trial

Jason Lee McCormick Jason Lee McCormick
Robert Henderson Robert Henderson

HONOLULU (AP) - The man accused of killing a visiting University of Pittsburgh professor in Waikiki in 1996 says the professor's sexual advances and comments about young boys caused him to snap.

Jason Lee McCormick told three mental health examiners assessing his fitness to stand trial that Robert Henderson's interest in boys and sexual advances while they had drinks in Henderson's Waikiki condo reminded him of being molested by his stepfather as a child.

The 51-year-old Henderson was a guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii. His nude, decomposed body was found in his condominium five days after he was last seen leaving campus.

The medical examiner's office says Henderson was hanged or strangled.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ( ) reported Wednesday McCormick is deemed mentally fit to stand trial. Trial is scheduled for September.

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