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Sun Cha Warhola appears at a competency hearing with an interpreter and her attorney Ed Brass before Judge David M. Connors in 2nd District Court in Farmington Friday, May 27, 2011. Warhola hasbeen found incompetent to stand trial and is being treated at the Utah State Hospital. She is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of her children 8-year-old James Warhola and 7-year-old Jean Warhola. (Erin Hooley/Standard-Examiner)
Utah mother accused of killing kids still not mentally competent to stand trial
Courts » Sun Cha Warhola allegedly strangled her young son and daughter.
First Published Jun 06 2014 04:26 pm • Last Updated Jun 08 2014 10:54 pm

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.

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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.

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