Meyer found incompetent to stand trial; murder charges dismissed

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor 

Nancy Leona Meyer

Nancy Leona Meyer

Charges for conspiring to have her ex-husband killed have been dismissed against Nancy Leona Meyer of Pierz.

Meyer, charged in April 2012 with first-degree premeditated murder after she tried to hire a woman to kill her ex-husband, Jeff Fisk, for $200, has been found mentally ill and incompetent.

Under Minnesota rules of criminal procedure, 20.01, a defendant shall not be permitted to enter a plea or be tried or sentenced for any offense if the defendant lacks sufficient ability to consult with a reasonable degree of rational understanding with defense counsel.

Meyer’s defense counsel, Jeffery J. Jensen of Elk River, notified the court in December 2013, that this was the case with Meyer.

Tuesday, the Morrison County Attorney’s office dismissed the charges, due to the mental illness.

Meyer, who has been held in the Morrison County Jail since her arrest, was released from custody Tuesday. She will not be incarcerated in a jail/prison again on those charges, said Morrison County Prosecutor Todd Chantry.

“Ms. Meyer was deemed incompetent to stand trial. She is under a stayed Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency Civil Commitment with numerous conditions to follow, and she has been placed in a highly structured group home setting,” said Chantry. “She remains under the direct supervision of the Commissioner of Human Services (via Morrison County Social Services) and the Court for the foreseeable future.”

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