Man sent to hospital instead of facing trial in wife’s death

LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) — An eastern Oregon man who was facing trial over the death of his wife has been sent to the state psychiatric hospital. The Observer reports Ronald Lee of La Grande was set to face a Union County jury in November on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Loretta Williams. Court records show Circuit Judge Thomas Powers on Tuesday signed a order finding Lee unfit to proceed. After treatment, the court will decided if Lee can be tried on the charges. The state accused Lee of killing Williams in November 2018 at her home in Cove. At the time the two were divorcing.