Murder charge dismissed for 'bewitched' woman

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

TACOMA, Wash. -- Pierce County prosecutors dismissed murder charges Thursday against a woman who believes she is bewitched.

After four psychological evaluations, Meshawn West was found incompetent to stand trial. She'll be transferred from jail in Tacoma to Western State Hospital in Lakewood.

West told investigators she stabbed her mother to death in October 2012 at the family home in Buckley because she said her mother was practicing witchcraft on her. West also believes others practicing witchcraft are controlling her body.

The News Tribune reports West could be eligible for release from the hospital after six months. A court will review any potential release and she could still face trial.

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