Doctors say accused Attica husband killer is not competent to stand trial

ATTICA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two doctors who examined Charlene Mess, the Attica woman indicted on a charge of murdering her husband, are saying she is not competent to stand trial.

Charlene and her husband, Douglas, were married for over 30 years.

Police say back in April, Mess stabbed Douglas with a pitchfork, attacked him with another weapon, and finally, shot him in the back of the head.

Douglas’ body was found in a pile of manure after being reported missing for days.

Police charged Charlene with a number of felonies — 2nd degree murder, 1st and 2nd degree assault, criminal use of a firearm, and tampering with physical evidence.

Charlene appeared in court Thursday, where the doctors said she was not competent to stand trial.

Wyoming County District Attorney’s Donald O’Geen disputed the doctors’ judgement, saying they did not review her previous medical history between the time of the crime and the printing of their report.

O’Geen requested a hearing to allow people to bring evidence to court rebutting the doctors’ opinions.

Mess can only officially be declared incompetent to stand trial by a judge, after a hearing is held.

The hearing is scheduled for December 14th at 9:30 a.m.

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