A judge said Wednesday that he will “take the matter under advisement” regarding a final ruling on the competency of a Davenport woman to stand trial in the January shooting death of her husband.
During a short hearing in Scott County District Court, Judge Stuart Werling ordered a review hearing to be held within 90 days in the case of Shiela Jo Jasper, 53.
A hearing date has not yet been set as of Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Paul Macek in May suspended the proceedings against Jasper after finding probable cause that she was not competent to stand trial, meaning that she suffers from a mental disorder which prevents the defendant from appreciating the charge, understanding the proceedings, or assisting effectively in her defense.
He ordered that she be evaluated at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville and directed that she receive treatment, if deemed necessary, and ordered that the evaluation be limited to the question of competency.
If Werling finds that Jasper can be restored to competency, the proceedings will resume.
However, if she cannot be restored to competency, Iowa law mandates that the charges against her be dismissed. If that happens, prosecutors can seek to have her civilly committed.
Jasper is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her husband, Mark Jasper, 64.
At 10:10 p.m. Jan. 7, Davenport police responded to the Jasper’s home in the 2300 block of North Ripley Street and found Mark Jasper dead from a gunshot wound.
According to an arrest affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Shiela Jasper told police that while her husband was asleep in a living room chair, she went to the basement and picked up his revolver, which was sitting on a computer desk.
She then went back to the living room, put the gun to the right side of his head and pulled the trigger with the intent to kill him, according to the affidavit.
She then covered his face with a towel and waited several hours before contacting a mortuary to collect his body, according to the affidavit.