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Woman pleads not guilty to stabbing her brother

March 23, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., woman charged with repeatedly stabbing her brother pleaded not guilty to attempted homicide charges Wednesday in Franklin County Court.

A mental evaluation will be performed to determine whether she is competent to stand trial.

Public Defender Michael J. Toms told Judge Richard Walsh that Vivian Jane Daddona had been evaluated by a psychiatrist and "the result of that ... is he felt she is not competent to stand trial." The examining psychiatrist, however, was not a forensic psychiatrist and a further evaluation is needed, Toms said.

Daddona, 32, of 15159 Young Road, was charged with aggravated and simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in addition to attempted homicide in the Jan. 5 stabbing of her brother, Jerry Lee Noll Jr., at their home.

"She's not competent. She hadn't been right for months before this," Daddona's mother Jill Noll said after her daughter's mandatory arraignment. She said her daughter had been hospitalized in November and "should have never been let out."

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Noll said Daddona stabbed Jerry Noll 17 times and he spent a few days in Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, although the wounds were mostly superficial. Jerry Noll was in the courtroom Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams told Walsh.

Walsh asked Noll a series of questions about her age, birthday, address and the date before permitting her to enter not guilty pleas to all the charges. She answered the questions accurately in a subdued, monotone voice.

Daddona has been in jail since the assault. Her case is scheduled for the May trial term.

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