FARMINGTON -- A 23-year-old man accused of stabbing his sleeping cousin is at the Utah State Hospital where doctors are working to restore his mental competency so he can stand trial.
Defense attorney Greg Skordas said in court Tuesday that his client, Mitchell Dean Howe, was not competent to stand trial.
Howe was admitted to the hospital on May 16. Judge Glen Dawson set Feb. 11, 2014, for a review hearing.
Howe had not been transported from the hospital to court on Tuesday.
Howe was arrested June 27, 2012, after he woke up his parents. His 13-year-old cousin had been stabbed with an 8-inch kitchen knife while he slept. The boy had been visiting the Howe home to attend a family reunion.
Howe is charged with one count of first-degree felony attempted murder. The 13-year-old was taken to a Salt Lake City hospital.