By: E&P Staff
A man accused in the shotgun slaying of his estranged wife while she was trapped in her sport utility vehicle outside the Morning Sun’s offices has been ruled competent to stand trial.
A judge made the ruling Tuesday after a forensic psychologist’s report stated Thomas Babb appeared capable of understanding the charges and could assist in his defense, the newspaper reported.
Police say Mary Lynn Babb, 30, a Morning Sun advertising representative, was in the newspaper’s parking lot Jan. 9 when her SUV was rammed and flipped. Babb, strapped in a seat belt and hanging upside down, then was shot in the chest, police said.
Thomas Babb, 37, underwent competency and criminal responsibility evaluations in February. He is being held in the Isabella County Jail pending an April 12 preliminary hearing. Babb faces open murder, aggravated stalking, felonious assault and weapons charges.
Police said Mary Babb had obtained a personal protection order against Thomas Babb, who was free on bond in connection with assault and criminal sexual conduct charges at the time of her slaying.