LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Douglas County judge has ruled that the suspect in the beating death of a Lawrence woman is competent to stand trial.

Twenty-one-year-old Rontarus Washington is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the November 2014 death of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the case stalled for several court hearings to discuss Washington’s competency. On Tuesday, Douglas County District Court Judge James McCabria ruled Washington was able to stand trial.

Mosso’s body was found in a bloody bathroom of an apartment leased by her estranged husband. Investigators say Mosso was bludgeoned and stabbed repeatedly.

Washington, who lived down the hall from Mosso, was later arrested in Mississippi.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com