- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled a Montana man is mentally competent to stand trial for the beating and burning death of a woman on the Crow Indian Reservation.

Dimarzio Swade Sanchez of Busby is one of three people charged in the April 2016 assault that led to the death of 28-year-old Roylynn Rides Horse.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2wtPabd ) a U.S. Bureau of Prisons psychologist testified Tuesday that while Sanchez had substance abuse issues along with anxiety and depression, he was able to understand the charges and assist in his defense on the first-degree murder charge.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters has not set a trial date.

Co-defendant Angelica Jo Whiteman of Billings faces trial on Sept. 25 for first-degree murder. Sanchez’ brother, Frank, has pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony and being an accessory after the fact.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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