Federal Judge finds Ethete woman competent to stand trial for infant murder

(Casper, Wyo.) An Ethete woman charged with First Degree Murder in the death of her infant has been found competent to stand trial. U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl made the finding following a competency hearing in Casper earlier this week. Ardis Enos, who was 20 at the time of the alleged crime, has pleaded not guilty.

“The Court heard from parties regarding the issue of competency and found the defendant competent to stand trial,” states court documents. “The defense reserves the right to have the defendant evaluated by their own expert. This is scheduled for August, 17, 2014.”

Enos’s trial has been set to start at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15. However, the defense is expected to request a continuance. Should she be found guilty of first degree murder, Enos could serve life in prison.

Enos allegedly kept her pregnancy a secret from the father as well as friends and family. According to the affidavit filed in the case, Enos reportedly suffocated the infant shortly after birth. The baby was found wrapped in a towel in an irrigation ditch near the family home the next day after Enos sought medical attention for complications. Read more background on the case here.

Enos has been released from detention on a $20,000 unsecured bond.