OSKALOOSA — A judge last week paused the first-degree murder trial against a New Sharon woman because she is declared not competent to stand trial.

The court on Friday held a competency hearing for Carol Ann Davis, 70, of New Sharon. According to court records, Davis is currently at the Iowa Mental Health Institute in Independence receiving treatment.

Last June, Davis’ attorneys asked the court to evaluate her mental health to determine competency. They cited that Davis was not able to aid her defense team because of her mental situation.

Davis was charged with first-degree murder in April 2020 after her husband was found shot to death at their home at 2436 135th St. in New Sharon. According to court records, Davis called law enforcement on April 29 to report that she had shot and killed her husband, and that she wanted to speak with police.

In an order staying the proceedings filed Friday, Judge Myron Gookin wrote that “there is no substantial probability the defendant’s competency will be restored in a reasonable amount of time.”

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at kocker@oskyherald.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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