Judge finds woman competent for trial in homicide case
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 22-year-old woman has been found competent to stand trial in the 2012 shooting death of a man in southwestern Missouri.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that a judge ruled last week after hearing from witnesses about the mental state of Marya VonBrandt. She is charged with second-degree murder in the November 2012 shooting death of 41-year-old Kevin Engh.
One psychologist had testified at a hearing earlier this month that VonBrandt wasn't competent and that her mental health had declined. But two mental health experts for the prosecution disagreed, saying they interviewed VonBrandt and believe she is making up many of her symptoms.
A pre-trial conference has been scheduled in this case for Sept. 19.