A 33-year-old Provo man charged with trying to kill his wife last summer has been committed to the Utah State Hospital following a mental competency hearing.
Faitau Owen Tipa, who has undergone several mental examinations since his arrest, has claimed all along to be mentally competent. Psychiatrists who have examined him found otherwise.At a recent hearing, clinical psychologist Robert J. Howell said the defendant suffers from "paranoid-schizophrenic delusional disorder" and is unable to comprehend the nature of the proceedings against him and the punishment he could receive.
Fourth District Judge Cullen Y. Christensen ruled that Tipa suffers from a mental condition that "renders him unable to effectively assist counsel in his defense." Christensen committed Tipa to the Utah State Hospital until he is competent to be tried.
Tipa was arrested for the July 15 shooting of his wife, Edna Tipa. She was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest and subsequently recovered.
The defendant has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder, a second-degree felony.