May 9, 2013

Bangor woman accused of killing husband is ruled competent to stand trial

The Associated Press

BANGOR — A Bangor woman charged with using pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat to kill her husband during a jealous rage has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Authorities say 49-year-old Roxanne Jeskey killed her husband, Richard, in June 2011 after he spoke to an ex-girlfriend on the phone.

Four doctors testified at a competency hearing last month that Roxanne Jeskey's cognitive and memory skills were affected by the removal of a brain tumor a decade ago.

WABI-TV reports that a judge ruled Tuesday that the impairments are not significant enough to make her incompetent. She was, however, committed to a psychiatric hospital. Her trial is scheduled to start next month.

Her lawyers, who have said she acted in self-defense, filed an appeal the competency ruling Wednesday.

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