LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- USA Harvest founder Stan Curtis has been found competent to stand trial for stealing money from the charity he founded.

The judge weighed the findings of two psychiatrists.  They had different opinions, but the judge took the opinion of a government psychiatrist who said Curtis is "solidly competent" to stand trial.

His attorney, Scott Cox, disagrees: "He's not capable of really making a decision, a good decision on what's in his best interest."

Curtis is accused of stealing more than $550,000 from USA Harvest -- an organization he founded to help children.

Curtis had agreed to a plea deal, but his attorney says his health and mental state have significantly declined since then.

One of the psychiatrists determined Curtis has the ability to help in his defense, to which Cox replied, "She is a well regarded psychiatrist but I'm the one who meets with him. She's trying to predict what it would be like for me to meet with him and I do meet with him and he is not able to go forward."

The defense now has 14 working days to appeal the judge's decision, and then the government will get the same.  So it will likely be a while before there's any testimony in the case.

Curtis came up with the idea of Kentucky Harvest in 1987. Volunteers deliver unused food from restaurants, bakeries, schools and other outlets to the needy. The concept went national with USA Harvest in 1989. He also founded Blessings in a Backpack.


Copyright 2013 WDRB News. All rights reserved.