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Julia Franzen Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Her Mother Nancy Franzen In Santa Rosa

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A Sebastopol woman pleaded not guilty this morning to killing her mother in their home last year.

Julia Franzen, 25, was sent to Napa State Hospital after she was found incompetent to stand trial in May 2013. She was deemed competent and returned to Sonoma County Jail in March.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 28 in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Until today, Franzen never entered a plea to the stabbing murder of her mother, Nancy Franzen, 59, in their Tocchini Street home on Feb. 4, 2013.

Nancy Franzen’s body was found on the floor of a bedroom after her daughter showed up at a neighbor’s house with a knife and blood on her hands, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Franzen told the neighbor she killed someone and ran back to her house, sheriff’s officials said.

A doctor determined she suffered from an unspecified severe psychotic illness characterized by delusions and disorganized thoughts.

Criminal proceedings were suspended in 2013 until Franzen’s competency was determined and she was ordered to take anti-psychotic medications.

Franzen could enter a dual plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity if she is held over for trial on the murder charge, her attorney Tyler Hicks said this afternoon.

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