Woman accused of killing 6 mentally competent



SEATTLE (AP) — For the second time, a woman accused of killing six members of her family on Christmas Eve 2007 has been assessed as mentally competent to stand trial.

Mental health experts at Western State Hospital evaluated Michele Anderson this summer.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/nTS7nc) that one of Anderson’s lawyers told King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell on Wednesday that the defense needs time to review the report and would like to talk about it at a hearing set for Oct. 20.

Lawyer Colleen O’Connor previously told the judge that Anderson is highly emotional and unable to help in her defense for her upcoming trial on six counts of aggravated murder.

Anderson and her former boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe, were arrested shortly after six members of Anderson’s family were found slain in her parents’ Carnation home. The two will be tried separately. Trial dates have not been set.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com