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Utah man accused of stabbing young relative deemed incompetent

Published October 9, 2013 1:41 pm

Courts • Mitchell Howe is charged with attempted murder for the 2012 stabbing.
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A 23-year-old West Bountiful man accused of stabbing his teenage relative in 2012 was ruled incompetent to stand trial Tuesday.

Mitchell Dean Howe is charged in 2nd District Court with attempted murder, a first-degree felony.

In April, three mental health evaluators ruled Howe was incompetent to stand trial, and on Tuesday, another report indicated that he still is incompetent. He is residing at the Utah State Hospital receiving treatment, and will be back in court on Feb. 11.

West Bountiful police Chief Todd Hixson said in June that police were called to a home near 1200 North and 640 West around 1:30 a.m. on June 27.

When they arrived, police discovered Howe had allegedly stabbed a juvenile in the torso with a large knife while the boy slept.

Howe said in a letter he wrote to Judge Glen Dawson in December that he took an Ambien the night he stabbed his 14-year-old cousin, and didn't fully remember the event.

Jessica Miller