Suspect in Nampa killing ruled 'dangerously mentally ill'

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CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — A 24-year-old woman accused of beating her roommate to death at a Nampa halfway house has been found to be too dangerous to be held in the state's mental facilities.

KTVB-TV reports ( ) a judge ruled Wednesday that Kayla Teton is "dangerously mentally ill" and ordered her to be held in the custody of the Idaho Department of Corrections. Teton's attorney maintains that the state's mental hospitals are adequate to house his client, who prosecutors argued was too violent.

Teton is charged with first-degree murder in the October death of 52-year-old Linda Westmoreland. Police say Teton used a metal bar out of a bathroom to beat the woman.

Teton was determined unfit to stand trial Dec. 16. She could still go to trial if she's determined to have regained competency.


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