A hearing has been scheduled to determine if a woman accused of murdering her estranged husband has been restored to mental competency.

A hearing has been scheduled to determine if a woman accused of murdering her estranged husband has been restored to mental competency.

Barbara M. Frantz, 51, Kansas City, Kansas, is charged with first-degree murder. She is accused of shooting her estranged husband, Gary, Jan. 27 in a parking lot in Leavenworth.

In March, a judge ruled Frantz was not competent to stand trial. At that time, she was remanded to the Larned State Security Hospital for treatment.

Frantz has returned from the state hospital. She appeared Friday in Leavenworth County District Court with a new attorney, Angela Keck.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby said Frantz had been returned to the Leavenworth County Jail because of the findings of personnel at Larned State Security Hospital.

Keck asked the judge to schedule a hearing regarding whether her client’s competency has been restored. The attorney said this will provide her time to review a report from the state hospital.

“We may be in agreement with it,” she said.

The hearing was scheduled for Oct. 24. But Sundby said he can conduct the hearing sooner if the parties request it.

Assistant County Attorney Katie Devlin said it has been reported that Frantz is not taking prescribed medication in the jail. The medication was prescribed for the defendant by staff at the state hospital.

Sundby said he would note the prosecutor’s concern. The judge said if Devlin reaches the point of wanting to pursue forced medication, the prosecutor will need to file a motion. He said medical evidence would have to be presented at this time.

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