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Trial date set in Sealy death

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MINNEAPOLIS— A judge has set a trial date and ordered a competency test for the man accused of killing Minnesota Timberwolves Malik Sealy in a wrong-way crash.

Hennepin County District Judge Lucy Wieland on Thursday set a tentative trial date of Sept. 25 for Souksangouane Phengsene, 43.

The competency evaluation will determine whether Phengsene is competent to stand trial. Defendants are considered competent if they understand the nature of the proceedings and can assist their lawyer in the defense.

Phengsene, who was walking with a crutch in the courtroom, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Sealy, 31, who was killed May 20.

Charges say Phengsene had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent after he drove his truck the wrong way and collided with Sealy's sport utility vehicle. It is illegal to drive in Minnesota with a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent or more.