A third mental competency hearing has been ordered for a man charged with second-degree murder in the April 23 stabbing death of a woman at the Utah State Hospital.
Don Michael Lyons, 44, is charged with killing hospital kitchen worker Bette J. Done, 64. Lyons, previously diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, had been in and out of the hospital several times prior to the stabbing.At the request of the Utah County Attorney's office, 4th District Judge George E. Ballif ordered in April that the defendant undergo two separate diagnostic evaluations to determine his competency to proceed to trial. If found incompetent, he would remain at the hospital.
Because of discrepancies in the findings of the recently completed examinations, however, the county attorney's office and public defender John Musselman asked Ballif on Thursday to grant a third 30-day diagnostic evaluation.
According to witnesses, Done was attacked without reason while eating in a hospital snack bar where the defendant worked as a waiter. Police said a man approached the victim, pulled a butcher knife from his apron and stabbed her.