December 12, 2013

Judge weighs competency of Bangor woman accused of killing husband

Authorities claim that 50-year-old Roxanne Jeskey used pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat to kill her husband, Richard, in June 2011.

The Associated Press

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman charged with killing her husband has mental and physical health issues that make her unable to assist in her own trial, experts for the defense have told a judge.

But prosecution experts told the judge at a two-day competency hearing that ended Wednesday that 50-year-old Roxanne Jeskey is exaggerating her mental health symptoms and is competent enough to stand trial.

Authorities say she used pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat to kill her husband, Richard, in June 2011 after he spoke to an ex-girlfriend on the phone. He was found dead in the bathtub of the couple’s apartment.

She has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

WABI-TV reports that the judge will rule on her competency on Friday.

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