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Utah mother accused of killing kids still not mentally competent to stand trial

Published June 6, 2014 4:26 pm

Courts • Sun Cha Warhola allegedly strangled her young son and daughter.
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A Layton mother charged with killing her two children more than three years ago is still not competent to stand trial, according to mental health evaluators.

Sun Cha Warhola, 48, was not present Friday during a competency review hearing in 2nd District Court, where Judge John Morris set another hearing on Dec. 19.

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

The woman has been receiving treatment at the Utah State Hospital since May 2011.

Warhola's husband arrived home on Sept. 8, 2010, 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.