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September 18, 2012


Staff Writer

An Ashley man accused in the August stabbing of his wife is mentally competent to stand trial, a Delaware County judge ruled Monday.

Common Pleas Judge W. Duncan Whitney found Shad Hostetter, 39, is mentally capable of understanding the legal proceedings surrounding the charges against him after he underwent an evaluation from mental health provider Netcare. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 2, with a trial scheduled for Nov. 15.

Hostetter, whom prosecutors say suffers from bi-polar disorder, has previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to felonious assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.

Hostetter was off his medication and abusing drugs on Aug. 11 when he blacked out, hallucinated and stabbed his 38-year-old wife, Christine Hostetter, three times in the couple’s High Street home, according to prosecutors.