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Murder suspect Michael Shoun to go through third competency evaluation

Michael Shoun was charged with murder for the death of 17-year-old Tiana Alter.

Posted on Feb. 13, 2014 at 6:27 p.m.

GOSHEN — Michael Shoun, charged with murder for the death of a 17-year-old girl, appeared in court after results of a second competency evaluation were revealed. 

Shoun appeared for a status conference Thursday morning, Feb. 13, at Elkhart Circuit Court.

Since his initial hearing, Shoun has been ordered to go through two competency evaluations. During Shoun's status conference, Judge Terry Shewmaker said according to one of the evaluations, Shoun is competent to stand trial. However, according to the other evaluation, Shoun is not. 

The judge ordered Shoun to go through a third evaluation. All parties agreed to schedule a hearing after results from the third evaluation come out.

Shoun was arrested on unrelated charges the night of Nov. 2, 2013, at 29482 C.R. 1, where emergency units found 17-year-old Tiana Alter's body. 

Elkhart County Coroner John White said Alter died of multiple sharp force injuries. He ruled her death a homicide Nov. 4. Shoun was charged with murder a few days later.

Shoun's trial date is tentatively scheduled for March 3.


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