MN woman accused of killing father found incompetent

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A judge has found a central Minnesota woman incompetent to stand trial on charges she killed her father before fleeing to Kentucky.

Earlier the Stearns County judge had ordered a mental competency examination for 39-year-old Lisa Kearney of St. Cloud. The St. Cloud Times reports that exam led to Kearney being committed as mentally ill.

Kearney is charged with second-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of 66-year-old Jeffrey Schilling. His body was found Jan. 4 inside the home he shared with Kearney.

A criminal complaint says Schilling died of head injuries, apparently inflicted with an ax-like tool found nearby.

Kearney was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, on Jan. 6 and later returned to Minnesota.  The criminal case against her is on hold until she is restored to competency.


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