Judge rules woman unfit for trial in mom's death

Christina Elizabeth Mavris
Christina Elizabeth Mavris

AIKEN, SC (WIS) - A judge has ruled an Aiken woman accused of killing her mother three years ago is not mentally competent to stand trial.

The Aiken Standard reported Tuesday that Judge Jack Early ruled that treatment has not made 24-year-old Christina Mavris able to participate in her own defense.

Authorities say Mavris stabbed her 55-year-old mother to death in their home in May 2007, then set the house on fire. "I knew she was capable and going to do it," said neighbor Grace Sprouse. "It's just a time bomb ticking in that child's head."

Experts say Mavris has a long history of schizophrenia. Her mother had previously called police after her daughter hit her with a board and a phone. Another time, Christina tried to force her way into her mother's bedroom and then grabbed her.

Before Dana Davis' death, she told officers her daughter wasn't taking her medication and that she was seeking health treatment through the state.

Dana Davis was a teacher at Schofield Middle School.

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