Man charged with murder for driving into Uptown protest found competent to stand trial

NICHOLAS DAVID KRAUS (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)

The man accused of driving into a crowd of protesters in Uptown earlier this year, killing one person and injuring three others, has been found competent to stand trial.

A judge ordered a mental evaluation for 35-year-old Nicholas Kraus in June. He is charged with second-degreed murder in the deadly June 14 crash. 

Prosecutors said Kraus was visibly intoxicated when he sped up and tried to "jump" a car that protesters were using as a barricade. Deona Marie, 31, was killed.

Marie and others were protesting the death of Winston Boogie Smith Jr., who was shot and killed by a U.S. Marshals Task Force on the roof of a nearby parking garage.

One more evaluation is pending before a trial date for Kraus can be set.