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Judge: Apex woman not competent for murder trial

Posted December 20, 2010

— A judge has ruled that an Apex woman isn't competent enough to stand trial in the beating death of her husband last year.

Jolene Kay Hardy, 56, of 3804 Perney Court, is charged with murder in the July 2009 death of Gerald Douglas Hardy, 60, who was found dead in the couple's home. An autopsy report states that he was beaten to death.

Jolene Hardy told investigators that she fought with her husband and struck him in the head, face and body with a hammer, according to a search warrant. After Gerald Hardy lost consciousness, his wife cleaned up the blood from his body and the scene, the search warrant states.

She initially told a 911 dispatcher that Gerald Hardy suffered from lymphoma and tried to get himself killed so he wouldn't die of the illness, but she changed her story when investigators questioned her.

A relative of Gerald Hardy said both Hardys complained of relationship problems as far back as 2004.


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  • Hater like Darth Vader Dec 21, 2010

    Is an insane killer any less dangerous than a sane one? Is an insane killer a more productive member of society in their present state?

  • ncguy Dec 21, 2010

    I don't think the Judge is competent!

  • we_all_have_it_coming Dec 21, 2010

    Why America is going down the toilet. Fast.


    Always a "defender" coming forth to support the murderers.

  • bknyny1979 Dec 21, 2010

    this article does not explain why she is not competent, she was competent to clean up so that tells me she knew she did something wrong. She lied initially another indication that she was aware that her actions were wrong.

  • wildcat Dec 21, 2010

    Thanks judge for making the right decision. May she get some help.

  • sammyg Dec 21, 2010

    Please explain WHY this woman isn't competent? Sounds like she knew what she was doing was wrong since she lied to 911. What is wrong with the Judge in this case? Who is the judge?

  • TeresaBee Dec 21, 2010

    Demo, that is exactly what I thought when reading this.

  • demo7691 Dec 21, 2010

    Get me they are competent for everything including Murder and cleaning up the scene but not competent to sit in a trial with a lawyer. The question is the lawyer competent