A woman accused of murdering her estranged husband in Leavenworth is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.

A woman accused of murdering her estranged husband in Leavenworth is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing for Barbara M. Frantz, 51, Kansas City, Kansas, is now set for Jan. 9.

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

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. Following several months of treatment, she was returned to the custody of the Leavenworth County Jail.

When Frantz appeared in court in September, defense attorney Angela Keck asked the judge to schedule a hearing regarding whether Frantz’s competency had been restored.

Appearing in court Tuesday with Frantz, Keck said she would not challenge the issue of the defendant’s competency.

“We agree that she is competent to proceed,” Keck said.

During Tuesday’s hearing, District Judge Gunnar Sundby reviewed a report from the Larned State Security Hospital. He then ruled that Frantz had been restored to capacity and is now competent.

Evidence will be presented during the preliminary hearing, and the judge will rule whether the case against Frantz should proceed.

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