Accused Attica husband killer to be evaluated by third doctor

ATTICA, N.Y. (WIVB) — An Attica woman indicted on a charge of killing her husband will be mentally evaluated by a third doctor, as per a Wyoming County Court order.

Charlene Mess was originally set to appear in court for a hearing on the morning of December 14, but the hearing has been cancelled.

During a previous court appearance, two doctors said Mess was not competent to stand trial — a decision that was disputed by Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen due to the short length of the examination and other factors.

Following this, O’Geen requested the now-cancelled December 14 hearing to allow people to present evidence rebutting the doctors’ opinions. The doctor performing the next evaluation will be chosen by the District Attorney.

If a new hearing date is necessary, it will be set when a new medical report is received by all parties involved in the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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