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Colino deemed mentally competant to stand trial

by Tori Martinez - Managing Editor
Tue, Apr 3rd 2018 10:00 pm

Nearly seven months after allegedly murdering a woman who sat quietly in her truck, Holly M. Colino has been deemed fit to stand trial. The ruling came Tuesday, March 27, five months following the evaluation of two psychiatrists who decided that Colino was incompetent to stand trial. She has received mental health treatment since then.

As reported by Sean Lahman and Victoria Freile in the Democrat and Chronicle, “Assistant District Attorney Perry Duckles said he was confident that Colino could get a fair trial now that she’s been found capable of assisting in her defense.”

The two wrote that back in October, the psychiatrists found Colino “highly intelligent” but that she was “not competent to stand trial” because she was “confused on certain things.”

Colino is accused of murdering Megan Dix, of Lyndonville, who sat in her truck by the railroad tracks on Owens Road on August 19, 2017. Dix worked at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store down the road and had been on her lunch break, where people close to her say she often went to read and sit in peace and quiet. Dix’s husband was the one who found her later that night.

Police originally believed that Dix’s murderer was someone close to her, but after former Brockport Chief of Police Daniel Varrenti said Colino admitted to killing Dix, Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn called it a “random, heinous act,” saying that Colino “gave no reason for why that situation occurred. She met [Dix] and within seconds of meeting her, she discharged her weapon.”

Colino will return to New York State Supreme Court in June, facing multiple charges: second-degree murder, five counts of criminal possession of weapons, second-degree menacing and second-degree escape.

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