Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Associated Press
BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman charged with killing her husband has mental and physical health issues that make her unable to assist in her own trial, experts for the defense have told a judge.
But prosecution experts told the judge at a two-day competency hearing that ended Wednesday that 50-year-old Roxanne Jeskey is exaggerating her mental health symptoms and is competent enough to stand trial.
Authorities say she used pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat to kill her husband, Richard, in June 2011 after he spoke to an ex-girlfriend on the phone. He was found dead in the bathtub of the couple’s apartment.
She has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
WABI-TV reports that the judge will rule on her competency on Friday.