Woman ruled incompetent in shootings of mother and father in Upper Arlington

John Futty The Columbus Dispatch

Mar 9, 2020 at 12:25 PM

Kristin Roth has been committed to a state psychiatric hospital in an effort to make her competent for trial in the murder of her father and the attempted murder of her mother on Halloween night 2019.

A woman accused of murdering her father and attempting to murder her mother in a shooting at the couple’s Upper Arlington home has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Kristin C. Roth, 31, was scheduled for a court appearance Wednesday, but that hearing is postponed while she undergoes treatment at a psychiatric hospital in an effort to restore her to competence.

Roth is charged with aggravated murder in the death of her father, James Roth, 61, and attempted murder in the shooting of her mother, Elizabeth Roth, 60, on Oct. 31 at their Colchester Road home.

Upper Arlington police did not reveal a motive for the Halloween-night shootings, but a prosecutor at Roth’s initial court appearance referred to her “apparent mental-health issues.”In November, her attorneys asked for a competency evaluation out of concern about her psychiatric state.Court records show that Roth refused to cooperate with the evaluation, prompting Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Kimberly Cocroft in December to issue an order that she be held at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, a psychiatric hospital on the Hilltop, for evaluation.Based on the resulting psychologist’s report, Cocroft in February found Roth incompetent because her mental-health issues prevented her from understanding the case against her or assisting her […]

Thanks for reading. For more details, click on the \\\\\\\\ Woman ruled incompetent in shootings of mother and father in Upper Arlington

Your Archivist

Newspapers call their archives the morgue. I love that. This is probably because so many stories were about murder and crime. I'm archiving the present state of crime, punishment and journalism. I love true crime stories. Join me as I curate and collect the best current cases. Additionally, we'll review past crimes that intrigued and fascinated the public. It's murder and mayhem for the masses.