Local woman found competent to stand trial for murder

(Gillette, Wyo.) Deborah Johnson appeared in Campbell County Circuit Court this afternoon. Court proceedings were postponed through most of April while she received a mental evaluation from the state. She reportedly shot and killed her husband January 3rd "just to shut him up." The review hearing revealed that Mrs. Johnson was found competent by the state hospital to proceed with a trial for first-degree murder. Defense did not request any additional evaluations and the state had no objections to the findings. Her defense lawyer did request, however, a re-assessment of her bond, as they don't believe the 53 year old is a flight risk. Her father appeared in court and agreed to supervise her if released from detention on bond. According to the defense, the shooting allegedly occurred during an "alcohol induced psychosis," and they requested a SCRAM bracelet as part of a release. Despite Johnson having no prior criminal history, Judge Wendy M. Bartlett did not feel comfortable releasing her in to her father's custody, citing concerns for the safety of the community. Judge Bartlett requested more details related to Johnson's substance abuse situation before reducing the $500,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is being scheduled for May. Johnson was allowed to hug her father before being taken back to detention. #county17 #news