NV teen cleared for trial in classmate's murder

Jun 13 2011 - 8:48am

WEST WENDOVER, Nev.  -- A Nevada teenager has been declared competent to stand trial for the slaying of a West Wendover High School classmate.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports District Judge Andrew Puccinelli ruled Friday that 18-year-old Kody Patten was fit to stand trial for the death of 16-year-old Micaela Costanzo near the Nevada-Utah line.

The ruling came after Patten was evaluated for two weeks at the state-operated Lake's Crossing Center in Reno for mentally disordered offenders.

Patten and 18-year-old girlfriend Toni Fratto are accused of killing Costanzo after school March 3. Court documents say Costanzo was buried in the desert about five miles west of Wendover after her throat was cut and she was hit with a shovel.

Patten and Fratto both face felony counts of open murder.


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