- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A 22-year-old woman accused of stabbing her girlfriend to death on a freeway has been declared mentally competent to stand trial.

The Ogden Standard-Examiner reports (https://bit.ly/1UsEGMT) that psychologists have decided Victoria Mendoza can face a murder charge in the death of 21-year-old Tawnee Baird. Mendoza’s court hearings have been punctuated by outbursts and threats of suicide.

Prosecutors say the couple had a volatile five-year relationship that included drug use, jealousy and physical fights. Police say Baird suffered 46 stab wounds last year after they fought about a guy.

Her lawyer Michael Studebaker is asking for a six-month delay in the case as he challenges state law to get more funding for defendants like her who can’t afford attorneys.

The trial is now set for Nov. 30.


Information from: Standard-Examiner, https://www.standard.net

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