Aurora woman accused of murder to undergo evaluation
By Erika Wurst email@example.com October 11, 2013 3:34PM
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:42AM
An Aurora woman who is accused of stabbing her cousin to death earlier this month will undergo an evaluation to determine if she is fit to stand trial.
A Kane County judge has ordered that Amy Zuniga, 44, 800 block of Front Street, undergo the fitness evaluation. Anytime anyone raises doubt as to the ability of a defendant to stand trial, a fitness evaluation can be ordered, court officials said.
During her appearance, Zuniga also asked to be appointed a public defender to handle her case.
Prosecutors have charged Zuniga with two counts of first degree murder in the death of Reynaldo Galvan, 68, on Oct. 4. He lived in the same home with Zuniga. She is also charged with one count of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of her 40-year-old husband at the Front Street home that same day.
Her bail was set at $2 million, and she will appear in court next on Oct. 22 for a status hearing.
Police were called to Zuniga’s home around 1:40 a.m. on Oct. 4 to help paramedics deal with a possibly suicidal woman.
Zuniga was found in the living room with her 40-year-old husband, and both had suffered “superficial” stab wounds, police said.
Zuniga told officers to go to the basement, where her 68-year-old cousin was found lying on the floor with a knife in his chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe that after stabbing her cousin, Zuniga tried to stab her husband and they struggled. The man was able to wrestle the knife away from his wife, but was stabbed in the buttocks.
Police believe the wounds on Zuniga were self-inflicted, according to Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli.
The preliminary autopsy report indicates that Galvan died from a single stab wound to the chest. He also had wounds on his arms and hands.