WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Murder trial proceedings were under way for a woman accused of stabbing her 4-year-old daughter, then cutting out the child's heart with a butcher knife.
Attorneys prepared today to begin jury selection in the case.
Officials at Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane said in September Patricia Ann Frazier, 25, was competent to stand trial for the Feb. 22 death of her daughter, Khonji Wilson.
District Judge Keith Nelson received no objections from the prosecutor or defense attorney Harold Lerew to the hospital's determination and ordered the trial. Lerew, the Wichita County Attorney-elect, so far has not sought a change of venue.
Police received a call on Feb. 22 about 4 a.m. from Khonji Wilson's babysitter. The woman told authorities she had been notified the child had been killed.
The child's body, stabbed seven times, was found in the front seat of a car parked at the apartment complex where Miss Frazier lived. The heart was found wrapped in a washcloth that had been placed on the car's floorboard.
Authorities found a blood-spattered mattress and the apparent murder weapon inside the apartment and theorized the child's body had been taken to the car.
In a competency hearing held April 14, Miss Frazier was ruled incompetent to stand trial. She was transferred to the Rusk facility in East Texas. Miss Frazier is being held now in Wichita County jail.
The defendant had been institutionalized in California in 1976 following a nervous breakdown.