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Competency hearing continues for Phien Sisouvahn

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Still no decision if Phien Sisouvahn is competent to stand trial. The Kennewick woman is accused of killing a Pasco woman in 2008 by cutting her unborn baby out of the womb.

The Benton County prosecutor still needs to cross examine a psychologist hired by the defense team.

They're trying to see if Sisouvahn is competent enough to stand trial. A doctor at Eastern State mental hospital says she is fit to go to trial, and she's been faking symptoms of severe mental illness.

Today the psychologist hired by defense lawyers said she is suffering from a variety of disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from when she was a refugee in Laos.

The defense team also argued the county's evaluation of Sisouvahn did not take into account cultural differences and her early childhood, and is therefore incomplete.  

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