Zir Weems' murder trial delayed for competency evaluation

Oct 8, 2015 7:14 PM by News Staff

Zir Weems, the Chico man accused of killing his wife last year will be examined for competency to stand trial.

In early June a doctor filed a report stating Weems is mentally competent and able to stand trial for the murder of his wife Angelica Weems, however his attorney has filed a motion arguing otherwise.

Weems was scheduled to be in court for a trial readiness conference today, but Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says the evaluation process will delay the case.

If he is deemed incompetent, Weems would be admitted to a state hospital until he regains competency, and if he is deemed competent the case would resume with a trial readiness conference at a yet to be determined date.

The doctor assigned to the case is expected to make a ruling October 15.

Investigators say Weems’ wife Angelica was strangled to death. She was reported missing September 14, 2014 and her family members found her body near the Sacramento River less than a month later.


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