MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A woman accused of shooting her estranged husband to death in September 2007 has been deemed competent to stand trial after receiving treatment at a state psychiatric hospital.
Maria Decicio-Smith, 37, of Martinsburg is scheduled to stand trial beginning Oct. 26.
Decicio-Smith was indicted in May 2008 on one count of first-degree murder. Police allege she shot Richard E. Amundson five times. He was found face down in the basement of Decicio-Smith's home at 210 Gussie Ave. with a rotisserie fork near his left hand, police have said.
Last fall, presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes remanded Decicio-Smith to William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston, W.Va., for treatment after she was found at least temporarily incompetent by state experts.
At that time, Decicio-Smith was found to have serious depression, an anxiety condition and other factors, which inhibited her from assisting her attorney in her trial, officials had said.