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Competency hearing planned for man accused of killing Celina Cass

  • Wendell Noyes appears in district court in Berlin via video arraignment from the county jail in Stewartstown in June. Noyes was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Celina Cass. Jim Cole / AP file


Associated Press
Sunday, October 02, 2016

A hearing is planned on whether a New Hampshire man accused of murdering his 11-year-old stepdaughter five years ago is mentally competent to stand trial.

The competency hearing for 52-year-old Wendell Noyes is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Lancaster. It was rescheduled from September.

Noyes is accused of murdering 11-year-old Celina Cass by submerging her body in the Connecticut River, where she was found six days after she was reported missing in July 2011. Her disappearance led to a search by federal, state and local law enforcement in the North Country town of Stewartstown, a mile from the Canadian border.

Noyes is charged with second-degree murder.

His public defender, Marcie Hornick, has said Noyes’s competency must be determined before a probable cause hearing can be scheduled.