Ohioan, 72, incompetent for trial in wife’s death

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge says a 72-year-old man isn’t competent to stand trial for murder in the fatal stabbing of his wife of 50 years at their central Ohio home.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/17m14Ak ) reports the judge decided Leif Mortensen isn’t competent for trial because he has dementia and can’t understand the charges or help his defense.

Police say Mortensen called 911 about his wife’s death Feb. 13 and tried to cut his own throat. He told a dispatcher he’d never hurt his wife before and didn’t know why he did it. He told officers he hadn’t been drinking or taking drugs.

The newspaper says prosecutors are expected to present evidence at an October hearing and ask the court to continue supervising Mortensen. Then a judge could decide where he’ll be placed.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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