Zir Weems found competent to stand trial for wife's murder

Oct 15, 2015 1:50 PM by News Staff

For the second time since he was arrested, a Chico man accused of killing his wife last year has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Zir Weems appeared in a Butte County courtroom Thursday, where it was announced a doctor reported Tuesday that he is mentally competent and able to stand trial for the murder of his wife Angelica Weems.

It is the second time an attorney has filed a motion requesting that Weems’ be examined for competency to stand trial. In June of 2015 a second doctor also found Weems mentally competent.

Following Thursday’s competency ruling, Weems' requested a Marsden motion, which is the only means by which a defendant can fire a court-appointed attorney or directly communicate with a California Judge. The Marsden motion will be heard at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators say Angelica Weems was strangled to death. She was first reported missing September 14, 2014 and her family members found her body near the Sacramento River 3 weeks later.


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