LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls woman who allegedly stabbed a convenience store owner and then tried to kill herself in front of two police officers may be declared mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Jolene A. Hill was found competent by one psychologist June 9, but three days later another doctor found her incompetent. Wednesday, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered a tiebreaking examination of Hill and scheduled a competency hearing for Aug. 13.
Hill pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Hill, 27, of Buffalo Avenue, stabbed the store owner three times at the Merry Mart on 19th Street April 21, and then slashed her wrists with the same knife when police caught her at Portage Road and Niagara Street. The clerk, Wael Rizek, 42, of Grand Island, was cut in the stomach and arm.
Police said Hill ran into a customer’s 4-year-old son as she was trying to flee and dropped most of the money she stole from the till.
Hoffmann said Hill had been paroled from prison in March after serving nearly seven years for another robbery. “Her statement to the police was that she couldn’t handle it on the outside and wanted to go back to prison,” Hoffmann told Farkas.