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Defendant to be evaluated at State Hospital

Ina Kenoyer

The court has stayed the proceedings against a Minot woman accused of poisoning her boyfriend with antifreeze so she can be evaluated for her fitness to proceed.

Ina Kenoyer, 47, Minot, was scheduled to appear in North Central District Court in Minot Wednesday or a pretrial conference on a charge of Class AA felony murder. However, a flurry of filings beginning Feb. 7 resulted in District Judge Richard Hagar signing an order to stay proceedings and another ordering Kenoyer be sent to the State Hospital in Jamestown to be evaluated.

Court documents indicate the court found: “There is reason to believe that the Defendant’s competency, fitness to proceed, and ability of Defendant to assist counsel in her defense is likely to become an issue in this case, that the Defendant’s criminal responsibility is likely to become an issue in the case…”

The evaluation should be completed within 30 days of the order. Kenoyer’s next pretrial conference is scheduled for May 29.

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