WARSAW, N.Y. — A New York woman charged with killing her farmer husband and burying his body in manure will undergo more psychiatric evaluation.
Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen says he’s received a judge’s permission to have Charlene Mess evaluated by a doctor his office chooses.
Because of the development, a hearing scheduled for Monday has been postponed.
O’Geen in October disputed findings by two other doctors that Mess was not competent to stand trial.
Searchers found the body of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on the couple’s Attica farm in April. Investigators say he’d been hit with a pitchfork and killed by a .22-caliber rifle shot to the back of his head.
Mess has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, assault, evidence tampering, using a firearm in a crime and lying to investigators.