VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver-area woman accused of killing her husband with a hammer and keeping his body more than two weeks before reporting the death has been found mentally competent to stand trial.
The Columbian reports that Donna Rae Williams pleaded not guilty Friday to a first-degree murder charge. Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier scheduled trial for Aug. 27.
Western State Hospital assessed Williams' competency at the request of her defense lawyer.
The 51-year-old woman is accused of bludgeoning 55-year-old Mark Williams with a hammer on May 14 as he slept in the couple's bed. Donna Williams called 911 on May 30 to report the death and Clark County sheriff's officers found the body. According to court documents, Donna Williams told sheriff's investigators she bludgeoned her husband because he had punched her in the left eye the night before.
She is being held in the Clark County Jail.
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