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Teen found fit for trial in father's May slaying

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - An 18-year-old man charged with murder in his father's shooting death on the Big Island has been found fit to stand trial.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Hilo District Judge Barbara Takase on Tuesday found Forrest Kessler fit to proceed based on examinations by three mental health professionals. His case will now move forward in Hilo Circuit Court.

Police say Kessler shot and killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Kelly, with a pellet rifle in May at their home in Puna.

Court documents say Kessler told police he shot his father after the two had gotten into an argument. At the time of the shooting, Kelly had a pending case for domestic abuse with Kessler as the alleged victim.

Kessler remains held on $250,000 bail.

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