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Woman accused of killing husband and daughter not competent to stand trial

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Regina Renee Johnson, 56, is charged with murder and the use of a gun in connection with the slayings of 56-year-old Reuben Johnson and Aaliyah Johnson, a freshman at West Hills High School. Regina Renee Johnson, 56, is charged with murder and the use of a gun in connection with the slayings of 56-year-old Reuben Johnson and Aaliyah Johnson, a freshman at West Hills High School.
Seen in this video screen image: Reuben Johnson and Aaliyah Johnson Seen in this video screen image: Reuben Johnson and Aaliyah Johnson

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Carlos woman accused of gunning down her husband and 14-year-old daughter in their condominium and staying with the bodies for three days before reporting the deaths is not competent to stand trial and will be sent to a state mental hospital, a judge ruled Wednesday.

After reviewing a doctor's report, Judge Peter Gallagher found that 56-year-old Regina Renee Johnson did not understand the charges against her and could not assist her attorney at trial.

Gallagher ordered Johnson sent to Patton State Hospital for up to three years, or until her competency can be restored.

Johnson was arrested on June 2, 2012, and charged with murder and the use of a gun in the slayings of her 56-year-old husband and daughter Aaliyah, a freshman at West Hills High School.

Prosecutors said the defendant called family members out-of-state, informing them that her husband and daughter were dead, and they relayed the information to the San Diego Police Department. Officers sent to the Johnson condominium found Reuben Johnson's body in an upstairs hallway and his daughter face-down in her bedroom.

Both had been shot in the head, and Reuben also had a gunshot wound to the upper body, according to prosecutors, who said both bodies were in a state of decomposition when discovered.

A 9 mm handgun registered to the defendant's husband was found in the residence.

According to prosecutors, the slayings could have been committed as early as May 30, 2012, three days before the victims' remains were recovered.

A motive was not revealed, but Johnson reportedly had lost her financial services job in the days leading up to the murders. Investigators said there were no previous reports of violence in the family, and the defendant had no criminal record.

She faces 100 years to life in prison if convicted.

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