FARMINGTON -- A man accused of stabbing his 13-year-old cousin has been found mentally competent to stand trial.
Mitchell Dean Howe, 22, of West Bountiful, appeared in 2nd District Court on Wednesday. He is charged with one count of first-degree felony attempted murder. He has been held in Davis County Jail without bail since his arrest June 27.
Howe was examined by two court-appointed doctors and by a doctor hired privately by his defense attorney.
All three found him mentally competent to stand trial, although the private doctor had issues with how the first two exams were done, said Howe's attorney, Angela Elmore.
She told the judge there are questions that she plans to address later in the court process.
Howe waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, and a felony arraignment hearing has been set for Nov. 27 before Judge Glen C. Dawson.
Howe is accused of stabbing his sleeping cousin with an 8-inch kitchen knife on June 27, according to court documents.
The boy was visiting the Howe home to attend a family reunion, according to the probable cause affidavit.
After the boy was stabbed, he woke up and yelled, "Did you bite me?" according to the probable cause affidavit.
Howe woke up his parents, who told him to stay in a bathroom until police arrived, according to the document.
The 13-year-old was taken to a Salt Lake City hospital, where he was treated for his injury.
Police said they have not been called to the house before and Howe had no previous problems with police.