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Stepmother accused in 10-year-old's murder found competent to stand trial

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 12:15:03-05

GRANT COUNTY — A court has ruled that a woman accused of murdering her stepdaughter and then storing her body in a trash bag in the shed is competent to stand trial.

Amanda Carmack, 34, claimed "mental disease" as her defense in the case. After receiving the results of a mental evaluation, which were filed in Grant County Circuit Court on January 3, the court has ruled that she can stand trial in her stepdaugther's murder.

Carmack was arrested on September 4, after investigators say she admitted to killing 10-year-old Skylea Carmack in the barn behind their house. Court documents filed against Carmack say she told detectives how she choked the young girl with her hands and then tied "something" around her neck.

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She told investigators she killed Skylea because she was "angry."

Skylea's cause of death was determined by the Grant County Coroner to be "asphyxia by strangulation."

Carmack waived her right to counsel at her initial hearing on September 9, but she was appointed a public defender on September 17.

Carmack's trial is scheduled to begin on February 3, 2020.

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