- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man accused of stabbing a runner to death in Washington has been deemed temporarily not competent to move forward with court proceedings.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman tells WTOP-FM that a mental health screening for 23-year-old Anthony Crawford was ordered last week. Spokesman Bill Miller says Crawford wasn’t found competent, but the evaluation concluded he’s likely to regain competency.

A judge has ruled that Crawford will face a second-degree murder charge in the death of 35-year-old Wendy Martinez, though he has yet to enter a plea or be indicted.

Martinez was stabbed several times in the head and neck and once in the back while running near her apartment last year.

Crawford’s attorneys have argued that he has mental health issues and should be placed in a psychiatric hospital.


Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com

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