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Waynesboro woman accused of killing twin sister in Albemarle apartment likely competent for trial

The woman accused of stabbing her twin sister to death last summer in an Albemarle County apartment will likely be deemed mentally able to participate in a trial.

The determination was aired in court March 4.

"There is a determination that she has been found competent for trial," said Lawyer Nicholas J. Reppucci of the Office of the Public Defender. "That is a fluid diagnosis."

Reppucci clarified he was waiting to examine a written report that he expected to receive before the defendant’s next hearing. Jessie Christine Krahenbill Greyer, 59, has been charged with the second-degree murder of her twin sister Jennie Marie Quick.

In charging documents, Greyer has a Waynesboro address, but the sisters trace their roots to Louisa County, where Quick’s funeral was held.

Before Quick’s death, both sisters adorned the front of their Facebook page with images of the twins embracing each other. But authorities allege that the sibling bond was destroyed in in the early hours Aug. 29.

Charging documents allege that Greyer called 911 at 5:03 a.m. that day to tell a dispatcher that she had stabbed her twin after they "got into it." When police arrived at Quick’s apartment in the Four Seasons complex just north of Charlottesville, they reportedly found a knife sticking out of her back.

Reppucci indicated that the anticipated competency report would be coming from Daniel Murrie. He is one of the two directors of an interdisciplinary forensic psychology program at the University of Virginia called the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy.

Murrie is the same person who recently found the suspected killer of Albemarle County author and publisher Matthew Farrell to be competent to stand trial. In that case, it took doctors at Western State Hospital, a Staunton public psychiatric facility, more than a year to treat that suspect, Shawna Marie Natalie Murphy, competent for trial.

A conviction of second-degree murder in Virginia can bring a prison sentence of five to 40 years. Greyer’s next hearing is slated for March 18 in Albemarle Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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