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Murder charge dismissed for woman over mental capacity

July 7, 2021 GMT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A first-degree murder charge against a woman has been dismissed after it was determined she will never regain the mental capacity to stand trial, a North Carolina judge determined.

The decision came after a hearing in Forsyth County Superior Court in which a psychologist testified that the mental health issues of Tonesha Tonyae Collins, 38, prevent her from fully understanding her legal situation and participating in her defense, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Judge Michael Stone signed an order that involuntarily commits Collins to Central Regional Hospital, where she has been for the past four years. The hearing took place on Tuesday.

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Collins was indicted in August 2017 for first-degree murder. According to authorities, she walked into a gas station on the morning of May 30, 2016 and shot the manager. who died at a local hospital nearly three weeks later.

Search warrants said that before Kim lost consciousness, he told officers that the woman who shot him had been following and stalking him. According to court documents, security cameras caught Collins shooting Kim.