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Woman accused of burning cars found incompetent for trial

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore woman accused of burning parked cars in a historic city neighborhood has been found unfit for trial.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that court records say psychiatrists have found 25-year-old Lakia Letterlough to be incompetent. A psychiatric evaluation was ordered for her last month when a judge voiced concerns over whether Letterlough understood the charges against her.

Letterlough is charged with first-degree malicious burning in connection to several cars set ablaze in the Mount Vernon neighborhood last month. Police have said the motive is unclear.

Defendants found incompetent are committed to state hospitals for psychiatric treatment and reassessed within six months. The trial or treatment then proceeds based on the findings of the reassessment.

Letterlough’s attorney and the city State’s Attorney Office declined the newspaper’s requests for comment.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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