A former California man charged with trying to kill his ex-wife in Layton last fall has been found mentally competent to stand trial in 2nd District Court on charges of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault.
Terry M. Dexter, 43, Apple Valley, Calif., has been examined at the state hospital in Provo and through Davis County Mental Health. Both mental evaluations have determined he is competent to stand trial, Judge Rodney S. Page ruled Tuesday.Page set a March 13 trial date for Dexter and a Feb. 26 pre-trial hearing.
Dexter is charged with breaking into his ex-wife's home in Layton, on Oct. 9, armed with a handgun. Prosecutors say he fired two shots, threatening to kill the woman.
According to police, she and one of her sons from a previous marriage fought off Dexter, stabbing him with a kitchen knife. Dexter was arrested later that night.
He is charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony that carries a prison term of five years to life, and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony with a zero-to-five-year prison term. The aggravated burglary charge carries a firearm enhancement of an additional five years.
Dexter is also charged with conspiracy to commit murder, also a first-degree felony. Sheriff's department detectives said that while in jail, Dexter tried to hire someone to kill his ex-wife.