- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A judge has ordered an exam to determine whether a woman accused of randomly stabbing Denver’s fire chief is mentally competent to stand trial.

The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1pbZwIl ) reported Monday that 42-year-old Marlene Zacevich-Rodriguez’s attorneys requested she undergo a competency exam at the state mental hospital in Pueblo.

Prosecutors charged her with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault in January after police said she stabbed Chief Eric Tade near the department’s headquarters. Police say Tade was in an unmarked SUV when the woman jumped into the vehicle and stabbed him in the hand and leg. He was treated for minor injuries.

Investigators say the attack appears to have been random and unprovoked.

Prosecutors say it’s unclear how long the evaluation will take. Zacevich-Rodriguez is due in court again on May 16.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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