Suspect charged with killing Bothwell woman deemed ‘incompetent’ to stand trial

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BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man accused of killing a Bothwell woman before trying to take his own life, has been deemed ‘incompetent’ to stand trial, according to court documents.

Jose Gutierrez-Torres was charged with first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 53-year-old Maria De Jesus Cervantes on March 3, 2019. 

During a court hearing last week, Judge Brandon Maynard, ordered the Department of Human Services to complete a ‘progress toward competency evaluation’ and submit a report within 90 days to determine if Gutierrez-Torres competency will ever be restored.

“Restoration treatment shall be of sufficient scope and duration to restore the individual to competency; or determine whether the individual can be restored to competency in the foreseeable future,” according to documents.

Another competency review has been scheduled for February 10, 2020.

Police say Gutierrez-Torres and Cervantes were living together when police were called to the home. When they arrived, they found Cervantes with multiple stab wounds and Gutierrez-Torres had stabbed himself in the neck, according to documents. 

Cervantes did not survive her injuries and Gutierrez-Torres was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries before being booked into the Box Elder County Jail.

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