Boyfriend charged in joyriding crash that killed Nicole Denney asks for competency hearing

Victim's dad says teen driver is stalling

HAMILTON, Ohio – The father of a 14-year-old girl killed in an horrific joyriding crash says his daughter's boyfriend is just stalling by asking for a competency hearing.

Nicole Denney's father says the request, made in juvenile court Thursday, is just a tactic to delay justice.

Police described the crash as one of the worst they've ever seen. Denney's 16-year-old boyfriend was speeding when he lost control and wrapped the car around a tree, police said.

It was Tuesday, April 22 – a school night – when Denney asked her father to drop her off at a West Chester coffee shop to meet a friend.

Police say she and her boyfriend went joyriding through the streets of Hamilton with another friend in two stolen cars.

Denney's boyfriend has been locked up since he got out of the hospital for his injuries.

"There are some other issues that also play into it, but particularly for the reasons stated in our motion, we feel that it's appropriate and necessary at this time to determine if he is in fact competent to stand trial for this matter," the teen's attorney said.

Tim Denney was in court to represent his daughter.

He said he want to keep her memory alive.

"It's just delaying everything and costing everyone a little more time," he said of the hearing request. "They still have to face the facts of what they've done."

Denney said he wants his daughter remembered as "a happy person, a caring person, a loving person.

"She was a beautiful person … so bright. She will be missed very much," he said.

The competency hearing will be performed in the next several weeks.

The teens will be back in court in late July.

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