Over six months after her trial was put on hold pending an evaluation of her competency to stand trial, proceedings are set to resume for a northeast Iowa woman accused of attacking her husband with a pair of swords.
In January, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested 59-year-old Kim (Bradley) Cannon of Hawkeye for attempted murder, a Class B felony. She was accused of striking her husband with the swords, causing large cuts to the back of his head and to his face, including one through an eye socket.
In February, Cannon pleaded not guilty, but in May, a defense motion was granted for an evaluation of her competency to stand trial because she “suffers from blackout spells and appears to have severe competency issues.” She was to be evaluated by the Iowa Medical and Classification Center Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coralville.
However, in November, the hospital notified Fayette County the State could not provide the evaluation due to an unprecedented seven-month waiting list and they only provide outpatient services. A hearing on the matter was slated for last Monday (12.04) in Fayette County District Court, but a continuance was granted and a competency hearing was reset for this Wednesday (12.13).
However, on Wednesday (12.06), her attorney filed to request a withdrawal of the competency examination, noting Cannon “has completed substance abuse treatment; no longer suffers from blackout spells, and, other than not remembering the incident, appears fully competent.” The motion also asked that the matter be put back on the trial calendar.
Judge Rochard Stochl has approved the order and Cannon’s trial has received a new start date of February 14, 2024.