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Further mental evaluation ordered for Fergus Falls woman accused in death of 6-year-old

Bobbie Bishop

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A 41-year-old woman charged in the death of a 6-year-old boy will undergo further evaluation at a Minnesota hospital to determine her mental competency.

Bobbie Bishop, of Fergus Falls, is charged with one count of second-degree murder without intent, three counts related to manslaughter and two counts related to the malicious treatment of a child.

An initial competency evaluation that found Bishop unfit to stand trial prompted the prosecution to request that a second test be done.

Otter Tail County District Court Judge Barbara Hanson approved the second evaluation and the state presented the results to the court on March 21.

Prosecutor Michelle Eldien said the state's evaluator concluded Bishop is likely mentally competent and that she may have been feigning incompetency when an earlier evaluation was done.

On March 26, Judge Hanson granted a state request for an inpatient evaluation to once more explore Bishop’s mental competency.

Bishop will undergo the evaluation at Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, according to court documents.

Bishop’s co-defendant in the case, 45-year-old Walter Wynhoff, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree manslaughter.

Other charges he had been facing, including a second-degree murder charge, were dismissed.

Bishop and Wynhoff were charged after 6-year-old Justis Burland died in April 2018.

Court records state he suffered from ongoing abuse.

Wynhoff’s guilty plea came as part of a plea agreement that requires him to cooperate with the state and to testify against Bishop if her case goes to trial, Eldien previously said.

Phone messages left for Bishop’s attorney had not been returned at the time this story went to print.

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