Judge orders competency hearing in toddlers killing case

Judge orders competency hearing in toddlers killing case

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A judge wants assurance the Gert Town woman accused killing her children is competent before granting her a bench trial.

According to our partners at Nola.com|The Times-Picayune, Criminal District Judge Robin Pittman ordered Chelsea Thornton's mental competency to be evaluated July 18. The judge will decide after that on the defendant's motion to waive a jury trial.

Thornton is accused of killing her toddlers in their Gert Town apartment in 2012. She has a history of mental illness.

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