MOORHEAD — The case of a 35-year-old woman accused in the killing of a missing North Dakota man will continue after she was found to be mentally competent to assist in her own defense.
Kayla Lousie Westcott, of Ada, Minn., appeared in Clay County District Court on Friday, June 14. Judge Michael Fritz said she was mentally fit to continue with the case based on the results of a competency exam.
Westcott and her co-defendant, 40-year-old Jason Jensen, of Hitterdal, Minn., were each charged with a felony count of second-degree aiding and abetting a murder with intent, but without premeditation.
They were arrested in June 2018 after authorities identified them as persons of interest in the missing person case of Troy Edmond Yarbrough out of Wahpeton, N.D.
Yarbrough’s remains were later found at Jensen’s Hitterdal farmstead at 25324 70th Ave. N.
Jensen pleaded guilty to his charge in April and was sentenced to serve 38 years and seven months in prison on Tuesday, June 11.
Jensen pinned the killing on Westcott at the court hearing in April, but acknowledged his role in helping dispose of the body.
Westcott’s account of what happened differs from Jensen’s testimony, and court papers show she told authorities it was Jensen who killed Yarbrough.
Westcott’s next court hearing is slated for July 11.