- 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.



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

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