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Layton mother accused of strangling kids not competent for trial

Published December 9, 2013 1:45 pm

Courts • Sun Cha Warhola has been at the Utah State Hospital since 2011.
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A Layton mother charged with killing her two children two years ago is still not competent to stand trial.

Sun Cha Warhola, 48, was scheduled to appear in 2nd District Court on Monday for a competency review hearing. However, her attorney, Edward Brass, filed a motion Monday morning indicating that the woman's most recent competency evaluation shows she is still incompetent to proceed with the case, but could possibly have her competency restored in the future.

A June 2015 date was set for another review.

That will be the tenth time a competency review has been scheduled for Warhola, who has been receiving treatment at the Utah State Hospital since May 2011.

She is charged with two counts of first-degree felony aggravated murder for allegedly strangling 8-year-old James and his 7-year-old sister, Jean, in their Layton home in September 2010.

Warhola's husband arrived home Sept. 8 to find his wife had used a bed to barricade herself inside their son's room.

After forcing his way inside, the man found his children dead, lying on a bed and covered by a blanket, according to police.

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