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Judge: Suspect in Firearms Case Incompetent

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Vermont State Police

Court papers say a Vermont judge has found a woman charged with shooting her firearms instructor in 2015 incompetent to stand trial.

The Burlington Free Press reports the judge has ordered a hospitalization hearing to determine what type of treatment is right for 32-year-old Veronica Lewis of New York.

In an order issued Monday, the judge said Lewis does not have the ability to consult with her lawyer "with a reasonable degree of rational understanding."

Lewis' lawyer declined comment on the judge's decision

She has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of 48-year-old Darryl Montague at his Westford home, where he runs a firearms business and she had a lesson.

Montague was shot multiple times and survived.

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