Crime

The murder charge for her mother’s death in South Hill was dropped. It’s filed again.

Meshawn West appears Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court. Prosecutors recently refiled a first-degree murder charge against her. They say she fatally stabbed her mother in 2012 at the family’s South Hill home.
Meshawn West appears Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court. Prosecutors recently refiled a first-degree murder charge against her. They say she fatally stabbed her mother in 2012 at the family’s South Hill home. joshua.bessex@gateline.com

A woman found incompetent to stand trial for fatally stabbing her mother at the family’s South Hill home was in court again Thursday for the death.

The first-degree murder charge against 44-year-old Meshawn West was dismissed in 2014, after psychological evaluations found she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

She told investigators she stabbed 59-year-old Joyce West repeatedly Oct. 27, 2012, because her mother had “spiritually raped” her, and molested her using “witchcraft,” according to charging papers.

West was civilly committed after the criminal charge was dismissed, and according to court records was to be released, until prosecutors refiled the murder charge Nov. 29.

“The defendant has reached a point in treatment where discharge ... will occur and refiling of charges are necessary to proceed and determine if the defendant is competent for purposes of proceeding on the criminal charges,” Deputy Prosecutor Jared Ausserer wrote in the charging papers.

Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Martin ordered West held without bail as her competency to stand trial is evaluated again at Western State Hospital.

Her next hearing is set for Jan. 4.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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