Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Slaying suspect gets earlier review

The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - Eight months earlier than anticipated, the mental competency of Tonda Lynn Ansley - the suspect in a high-profile slaying of a Miami University professor - is to be reconsidered at a hearing next week.

The mental status of Ansley, 37, has been an issue since she was charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of her landlord, Sherry Lee Corbett, 55. The shooting happened July 27 front of witnesses in the city's Dayton Lane Historic District, where both women lived. Court records say Ansley said she had intended to kill others she believed were conspiring to control her mind.

Craig Hedric, a Butler County assistant prosecutor, said Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth notified the prosecutor's office Tuesday that a hearing would be needed to consider a report sent from the facility where Ansley has been undergoing mental treatment.

Last October, Spaeth found Ansley incompetent to stand trial.

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