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After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime and armed burglary as party to a crime. Petitioner’s defense counsel later asked for a ruling regarding Petitioner’s competency to seek postconviction relief. In a postconviction competency hearing, the circuit court concluded that Petitioner’s defense counsel failed to show by clear and convincing evidence that Petitioner was incompetent. The court of appeals remanded for a new competency hearing, determining that the circuit court erred by failing to apply the lower preponderance of the evidence burden of proof. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that once a defense attorney raises the issue of competency at a postconviction hearing, the burden is on the State to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant is competent to proceed. Remanded to the circuit court to apply the correct standard if Petitioner’s competency is still challenged.