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Hempfield woman's sentencing for murder today

| Thursday, May 3, 2012, 11:41 p.m.

A Hempfield Township woman is scheduled for sentencing today after pleading guilty but mentally ill to the third-degree murder of her father in Fayette County in 2004.

Kim Lee Straughters, 31, entered a general plea Wednesday before Judge John F. Wagner Jr.

State police at Uniontown said Straughters stabbed her 53-year-old father, Robert E. Davis, three times in the neck at his North Union Township home after an argument about money on May 7, 2004.

Two of Davis' siblings, who were at the home that morning, testified at a 2004 preliminary hearing that Straughters told her dying victim, "I killed you, Daddy."

Straughters, a graduate of Jeannette Senior High School, underwent evaluations at Mayview State Hospital, near Bridgeville, Allegheny County, until last month, when she was deemed competent to stand trial.

Last year, a psychologist hired by the public defender's office testified that Straughters frequently hallucinated that her dead father was visiting her at the Fayette County Prison.

Testing showed that Straughters has an IQ between 65 and 70 and functions in the mild range of mental retardation.

Wagner will preside during a hearing today to determine the sentencing conditions.

Under the terms of a general plea, the prosecution and the defense do not have an agreement on a recommended sentence.

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