Suspect in slaying competent for trial

Ashley Barber Jade Olmstead

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A judge ruled a woman accused of brutally murdering YSU student Brandy Rosine-Stevens is mentally competent to stand trial.

Ashley Barber, 20, claimed she was too depressed to take part in her defense.

Barber and Jade Olmstead, 19, are awaiting trial on charges of luring the Beaver Township woman to their Crawford County, Pa., home in May of 2012 and killing her. The two are accused of beating, choking and rolling Stevens into a shallow grave where she suffocated. Her body was found a week later. The coroner ruled she was barely alive when she was buried.

Authorities say Stevens was killed as part of a lover’s triangle involving the defendants.

A candlelight vigil was held at YSU on the anniversary of Rosine-Stevens’ death. A bench that sits on the campus has been dedicated in her memory.

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