Judge: Suspect in firearms instructor shooting incompetent
Mar. 21, 2017
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Court papers say a Vermont judge has found a woman charged with shooting her firearms instructor in 2015 incompetent to stand trial.
The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2n9trTh ) the judge has ordered a hospitalization hearing to determine what type of treatment is right for 32-year-old Veronica Lewis of New York.
In an order issued Monday, the judge said Lewis does not have the ability to consult with her lawyer "with a reasonable degree of rational understanding."
Lewis' lawyer declined comment on the judge's decision
She has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of 48-year-old Darryl Montague at his Westford home, where he runs a firearms business and she had a lesson.
Montague was shot multiple times and survived.
Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com