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COMPETENCY HEARING IN SLAYING ADJOURNED

Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. on Wednesday adjourned a hearing to determine the competency of a Niagara Falls woman to stand trial in the stabbing death of her 9-year-old daughter.

Falisha M. Madera, 25, a diagnosed schizophrenic, is charged with killing her 9-year-old daughter, Kayla, with a knife on July 17. She told police at the time that she "heard voices."

Madera's attorney, James Harrington, said a psychologist who met with Madera for several weeks needs more time to meet with the suspect's mother. Broderick scheduled a new hearing for May 10.

Madera was committed to Rochester Psychiatric Center last August after a ruling that she was not competent to be tried. However, state doctors in December said she was competent. She was returned to Niagara County Jail.

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