Jessica Smith competent to stand trial

Smith is charged with killing one daughter and injuring another at Cannon Beach in 2014

Accused killer Jessica Smith in a court appearance in Astoria, Aug. 28, 2015 (KOIN)
Accused killer Jessica Smith in a court appearance in Astoria, Aug. 28, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A woman charged with killing one daughter and injuring another at Cannon Beach has been found competent to stand trial.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Jessica Smith was evaluated at the Oregon State Hospital in May to determine if she could understand the nature of the court proceedings. Her attorneys filed documents in court Monday, saying a report from the hospital determined she is competent to aid and assist in her defense.

A Clatsop County judge had ordered the evaluation after finding reason to doubt Smith’s mental fitness based on a suicide attempt in jail and an inconclusive report from a court-appointed psychologist.

The Vancouver woman has pleaded not guilty to murder in the 2014 drowning of her toddler and not guilty to attempted murder in the slashing of her teenager.

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