LIMA — A Lima woman charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Charles and Tarissa Sanders in June at a South Atlantic Street residence had been ruled competent to stand trial.
Michelle Alves, 31, was evaluated in September by psychologists at the Forensic Psychiatry Center of Western Ohio in Dayton at the request of her court-appointed attorney, Steve Chamberlain. Experts said Alves was capable of assisting in her own defense and ruled her competent.
It was less clear, according to Judge Terri Kohlrieser, if the doctors had made a determination as it pertains to a written plea of not guilty by reason of insanity entered by Chamberlain on Alves’ behalf.
No trial date has been scheduled pending further discussions with the doctors at the Dayton facility.
Alves was indicted in August by a grand jury in connection with the June 3 shooting deaths of Charles and Tarissa Sanders at a South Atlantic Street residence. Police say Alves shot Charles Sanders once in the head and then turned the gun on Tarissa Sanders, shooting her three times. Tarissa Sanders was found dead upon arrival and Charles Sanders died at a local hospital later that morning. Initial autopsy reports showed both victims died of gunshot wounds.
Investigators believe the double murder was over a stolen gun.
Alves was arrested June 15 in Las Vegas as a “person of interest” in the shooting.
According to statements made by Lima Police Department Detective Steve Stechschulte at a preliminary hearing in July, Alves “posted several things on Facebook indicating that she was the one responsible (for the shooting) … that she wasn’t remorseful for what happened.”
The detective said Alves confessed to shooting and killing both Mr. Sanders and Ms. Sanders and said that was “out of frustration out of some of the other stuff that she wrote on Facebook.”
Alves faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of the charges against her. She is being held on a $1 million bond.