TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman has been found incompetent to stand trial for accusations that she stabbed her mother to death at the family’s home.
The News Tribune reports that Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson dismissed on Wednesday the first-degree murder charge against 45-year-old Meshawn West.
Psychologists found that, despite ongoing treatment, West’s mental illness still keeps her from fully understanding her case.
The murder charge first was dismissed in 2014 after psychologists diagnosed West with paranoid schizophrenia.
West will now be evaluated for civil commitment to Western State Hospital.
Charging documents say West has told investigators she fatally stabbed her mother on Oct. 27, 2012, because the 59-year-old Joyce West “spiritually raped” her and molested her with “witchcraft.”