The Journal Gazette
Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:00 am

Murder trial to wait for fall

Defendant's competence in doubt

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The trial next week of a Fort Wayne man charged with stabbing his wife to death was postponed Friday amid questions of whether he is competent to stand trial.

Tyrin R. Boone, 40, is charged with murder, and the trial had been scheduled to start Tuesday. Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull rescheduled it for Oct. 22 and set a July 2 competency hearing at which doctors will testify about his mental health.

Psychologist David Lombard found Boone competent to stand trial after an examination, and psychiatrist Rebecca Mueller found the opposite, court records show. A third doctor – Kevin Wieland – filed a report Thursday, but his opinion has not been made public.

Janaya Michelle Boone, 38, was found dead Dec. 12 in a room at the Regency Inn on Coliseum Boulevard West. A knife was nearby, and an autopsy showed she died from sharp force trauma to the neck causing a severed artery and jugular vein.

A witness told police he saw Tyrin Boone grab a knife from under the mattress in the motel room and get on top of his wife.

Boone told police he and his wife had argued but stopped an interview when a detective asked what the argument was about, according to a probable cause affidavit.

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