Competency evaluation unfinished for Logan man charged with murdering mother – Cache Valley Daily

Booking photo for Shawn Andrews (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A competency evaluation has been delayed for the 28-year-old Logan man suspected of stabbing and killing his mother last year. Shawn R. Andrews is being held in the Cache County Jail since being arrested November 23.

Andrews appeared briefly in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He has been charged with murder, a first-degree felony; and three counts of obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony.

Judge Angela Fonnesbeck explained that the court had received a letter from the psychologist assigned to evaluate Andrews. It requested more time because prior appointments with the suspect had been cancelled because of wintry weather. She granted the extension and ordered Andrews to appear again in court February 4.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police officers found Andrews’ mother, Debra Andrews, lying on the floor, just inside the front door of her North Logan apartment, on the afternoon of November 23. A cellphone and set of dentures were near her head. An empty bottle of alcohol was on a coffee table nearby.

Several neighbors reported seeing a man matching Andrews’ description running from the apartment complex at the time the alleged murder occurred. He was carrying a black backpack and had something wrapped around his arm.

Police later arrested Andrews and located a black discarded backpack that had blood and a knife inside. He originally told officers he left the apartment early Saturday morning and was looking for his brother. He later changed his story several times before admitting to killing his mother and discarding the backpack. He also gave several different explanations for why he committed the crime.

Andrews remains in jail, being held without bail. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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