- Associated Press - Monday, February 22, 2016

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A Beverly man charged with strangling his wife has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

The Salem News (https://bit.ly/1oXgFVF) reports that a judge made the decision last week after hearing from mental health experts.

Axel Scherer faces a murder charge in connection with the strangulation in November of his wife, Edith Black-Scherer. The 45-year-old Scherer, who has a history of mental illness and had been taking medications, later turned himself in to police.

Scherer pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and has been held at Bridgewater State Hospital since.

A spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office says prosecutors hope Scherer will eventually be found competent.

Scherer’s lawyer has said his client is “despondent” over his wife’s death.


Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, https://www.salemnews.com

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