Competency review hearing set for Wanda Barzee

Competency review hearing set for Wanda Barzee

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A woman charged in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping who was court-ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment will have a competency review hearing next month.

A 3rd District Court calendar shows Wanda Eileen Barzee will appear before Judge Judith Atherton on Oct. 23 at 9 a.m.

It will be the first time Barzee has appeared in court since doctors at the Utah State Hospital began to forcibly medicate her in May 2008 in an effort to make her competent.

The 63-year-old woman and her estranged husband, Brian David Mitchell, were arrested in March 2003 and charged with multiple felonies related to the June 2002 kidnapping of then-14-year-old Smart in Salt Lake City.

Barzee was twice ruled incompetent to stand trial. In 2006, Atherton said Barzee met the criteria for forced medication.


(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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