Suspect in firearms instructor shooting now competent for trial

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A woman accused of shooting her firearms instructor in 2015 will now be tried for attempted murder.

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The decision came Thursday morning during a competency status hearing for Veronica Lewis. The court ruled Lewis is now mentally fit to stand trial. That's a reversal from last year when she was deemed incompetent and hospitalized.

The New York woman had pleaded not guilty to shooting Darryl Montague at his Westford home during a gun lesson.

The prosecutor tells us that despite the ruling, she expects Lewis will remain in the hospital until trial this spring.