McLennan County: Woman Not Competent For Trial For 1995 Murder

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

MCLENNAN COUNTY (December 27, 2013) A McLennan County woman who was arrested in connection with the June 1995 murder of her husband was re-committed to a state mental hospital Friday after a hearing in 54th District Court.

State District Judge Matt Johnson ordered April Harris Cobin, 55, re-committed to the Austin State Hospital where she has been a patient since shortly after the June 18, 1995 murder of her then-husband Timothy Harris, who was 38 when he died.

Corbin was indicted July 12, 1995 but just 12 days later was found incompetent to stand trial by a 54th District Court jury.

The judge ordered her committed her by jury order to Vernon State Hospital pending a competency hearing on in January 1996, during which she also was found not competent to stand trial.

She pleaded guilty to the murder by reason of insanity in December 1997 and was re-committed to the Vernon State Hospital for 90 days.

A judge again found Cobin incompetent and ordered her re-committed on January 14, 1998 and again on January 29, 1999.

She has been re-committed each year since then.

She did not appear in court on Friday.

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