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Utah mother ruled competent to stand trial in child killings

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The Standard-Examiner reported Monday that 53-year-old Sun Cha Warhola was deemed competent Monday to stand trial in the 2010 strangulation deaths of her two children. (Photo courtesy of Davis County Jail)

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman charged with killing her children will face trial after years under state mental health care.

The Standard-Examiner reported Monday that 53-year-old Sun Cha Warhola was deemed competent Monday to stand trial in the 2010 strangulation deaths of her two children.

A judge granted matching prosecution and defense requests to move the case forward.

The former Layton resident is charged with two counts of aggravated murder.

Authorities say 8-year-old James and 7-year-old Jean Warhola were found dead in their home 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Salt Lake City.

Warhola was found not competent for trial in 2011 after her attorneys argued she likely suffered from "severe mental illness." She has remained in Utah State Hospital since then.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 10.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

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