A 76-year-old Washington City man charged with murder after allegedly beating his wife to death with a hammer last year has been found incompetent to stand trial.
David Keith Benson, charged in 5th District Court with first-degree felony murder, was ordered last week by Judge John Walton to the Utah State Hospital for treatment. The decision came after two doctors evaluated the defendant and found him incompetent to stand trial.
Benson killed his wife, Madelin Benson, 76, in the kitchen of their home on Oct. 31, according to court documents. He was arrested that day after a family member called police to the Pine View Estates subdivision.