Wife of shooting suspect not competent for trial

Apr 9 2012 - 11:22pm


Meloney Toone Selleneit
Michael Selleneit
Meloney Toone Selleneit
Michael Selleneit

FARMINGTON -- The woman who police said told her husband to shoot their neighbor has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Meloney Toone Selleneit, 54, is charged with the first-degree felony of criminal solicitation and second-degree felony of purchase, transfer or possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

She will be transferred from Davis County Jail to Utah State Hospital for treatment.

She told her husband, Michael Selleneit, 54, to "go for it" just before he shot Tony Pierce on Oct. 30, 2011, in Centerville, according to police.

Michael Selleneit is charged with one count of first-degree felony attempted murder and second-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

He is being held in Davis County Jail in lieu of $500,00 bail. His next court hearing is set for May 3.

Both appeared in 2nd District Court on Thursday before Judge Thomas L. Kay.

A review hearing for Meloney Selleneit is set for Oct. 4.

According to the arrest warrant, Meloney Selleneit bought the handgun for her husband 10 years ago. The couple kept the gun under a pillow on their bed.

Pierce was shot twice.

Michael Selleneit told police he shot Pierce because Pierce had been "telepathically" threatening to kill him and that "Pierce has telepathically raped his wife on many occasions," according to court documents.

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