Woman accused in Vt. ax murder deemed not competent for trial

Published: May. 24, 2023 at 4:08 PM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2023 at 4:55 PM EDT
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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (WCAX) - The woman accused of murdering a Brattleboro homeless shelter employee with an ax has been deemed not competent to stand trial.

Zaaina Mahvish-Jammeh, 38, who faces first-degree murder charges, will be hospitalized following a competency hearing Wednesday in Windham County.

According to court paperwork, Mahvish-Jammeh suffers from a major mental illness. The judge ordered Mahvish-Jammeh to be held in the custody of the Vermont Department of Mental Health for up to 90 days.

The murder happened on April 3 at the Groundworks Collaborative Shelter on Royal Road in Brattleboro. Police say Mahvish-Jammeh, who lived at the shelter, requested a meeting with coordinator Leah Rosin-Pritchard. They say Mahvish-Jammeh then violently attacked and killed the social worker with an ax.

If Mahvish-Jammeh is discharged from Department of Mental Health custody, then its back to jail to be held without bail.

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