A mental evaluation was ordered Tuesday for a 38-year-old woman charged in the March death of her Pasco mother.
Tashia L. Stuart will be going to Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake for up to 15 days while psychologists determine if she is competent to stand trial in the Franklin County Superior Court case.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant brought the order before the court based on a jail nurse's request.
Sant did not ask the nurse for details, but she reportedly told the prosecutor that she has concerns about Stuart's mental health based on what she has seen in jail.
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Stuart is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm enhancement.
Prosecutors also allege aggravating circumstances of deliberate cruelty to the victim, domestic violence within the sight and sound of a child, an egregious lack of remorse by Stuart and the destructive and foreseeable impact the offense had on persons other than the victim.
Her mother, Judy Hebert, was found dead March 3 in her west Pasco home after being shot in the chest.
Stuart, her husband and their 7-year-old daughter had been living with her 58-year-old mother since January.
She claimed she and her mother were arguing about an unauthorized withdrawal of $300 from Hebert's bank account, court documents said.
Stuart's trial had been set for Sept. 7 but that date was stricken on Tuesday now that the case is on hold pending the evaluation. She returns to court Aug. 16 for a status hearing.
Defense attorneys have said they plan to argue self-defense.
Basin City man faces Sept. 7 trial in alleged burglaries
A 26-year-old Basin City man pleaded innocent to allegations that he broke into an apartment and minutes later forced his way into a day care facility.
Justino Acosta Mosqueda is set for trial Sept. 7 on one count each of first-degree burglary and residential burglary.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies were called July 13 about a man who was seen entering an apartment near Sandoval Market in Basin City. The man, identified as Acosta Mosqueda, pushed his way into the apartment at the Frontier Inn, confronted a man and then ran out, court documents said.
Deputies then got several calls from the Migrant Council Daycare Center on First Avenue about a man forcing his way inside. Acosta Mosqueda, the suspect, was leaving as authorities arrived.
Witnesses told deputies that Acosta Mosqueda climbed the fence of the day care compound but was blocked from entering the classrooms, documents said.
He reportedly assaulted three workers and one was found unconscious with Acosta Mosqueda on top of her.
The charging documents allege that after breaking into the day care, he hit Silvia Olivo in the head with his fist.
He is in jail on $50,000 bail, in addition to a hold by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Pasco man pleads innocent to molesting young girl
A Pasco man faces trial Sept. 7 on charges he inappropriately touched a young girl.
Varinthorn Sirayothin, 33, pleaded innocent to first-degree child molestation.
Prosecutors allege he molested a girl over a few years, and later told police he knew it was wrong but did it anyway.
The girl separately had reported the sexual contact on July 8. Sirayothin was arrested at his home July 11 by Pasco police.
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