Utah mom not competent for trial in kids' deaths
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge has ruled a Utah woman not mentally competent to stand trial on charges in the strangulation deaths of her children.
Sun Cha (Soon'-cha) Warhola was ordered Friday to the Utah State Hospital to see if her competency can be restored. Court-appointed evaluators testified she suffers from a serious mental illness and requires substantial treatment.
The Layton woman is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of 8-year-old James and 7-year-old Jean Warhola. Police say the bodies showed marks around the necks and injuries consistent with a struggle.
Prosecutors joined in asking that Warhola be sent to the state hospital. Her attorney says she has a profound mental illness.
If she is found competent and is convicted of the charges, Warhola could face the death penalty.