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Woman accused of paint vandalism found incompetent

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 5:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge says a woman accused of splattering green paint at the Washington National Cathedral is incompetent to stand trial.

Online court records show that a judge Thursday found Jiamei Tian incompetent to stand trial after she was evaluated by a psychologist. A three-page report filed ahead of the hearing concludes that Tian's overall knowledge of the U.S. legal system "remains rather limited." The psychologist says it's likely Tian, who holds a Chinese passport, will be competent to stand trial in the "foreseeable future."

A previous, preliminary finding had also found Tian incompetent to stand trial.

Tian was charged in July with defacing the Washington National Cathedral with green paint and suspected of similar vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial and other sites. A further hearing is scheduled for Dec. 3.


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