Suspect in hammer attack ruled mentally incompetent
Case against Legler still suspended; placement hearing next
VICTORVILLE • The case against a woman charged with attacking another woman with a hammer remains suspended after the court ruled her mentally incompetent this week.
Bonnie Legler, 52, was arrested during the early morning of Aug. 6 by Barstow police at her apartment on the 400 block of South Second Avenue.
The night before, Legler allegedly approached a woman in the area of the post office, called her several names and accused her of being "a spy for Canada," police said.
Legler is accused of then attacking the woman with a hammer. The victim was not seriously injured.
Legler was charged Aug. 7 with assault with a deadly weapon.
During an Aug. 19 hearing, the court declared doubt as to Legler's present mental competence, and criminal proceedings were suspended while she underwent a mental health evaluation, court records show.
The court heard those findings from a medical commission Tuesday.
At the hearing, Legler was found to be mentally incompetent and referred to the San Bernardino County mental health director for a mental health placement recommendation.
A hearing on that recommendation is scheduled Nov. 5.
Legler is currently in custody at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $50,000 bail, booking records show.
She previously had misdemeanor charges dropped in San Bernardino County for obstructing a peace officer and assaulting a peace officer, firefighter or paramedic in 2005, according to court records.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.