Defense asserts Fix can’t stand trial

Angela Marie Fix

Angela Marie Fix of Pilot Rock needs more time and help before she can stand trial for arson and second-degree manslaughter.

Fix, 41, appeared Monday morning via video from the Umatilla County Jail in the Pendleton courtroom of Circuit Judge Christopher Brauer for an update on her case. The state accused Fix of setting the fire that killed Larry Castro, 77, in July at his Pilot Rock home.

Attorney Jill Weygandt handled the defense duties. She told Brauer that clinical psychologist Terry Templeman found Fix was not competent to stand trial. Reading from Templeman’s report, Weygandt said Fix could not make relevant decisions or sort through relevant information on her own.

District Attorney Dan Primus said he would review the report and anticipated sending Fix to the state’s mental hospital in Salem for an evaluation.

Brauer set the status check on the case for the morning of Dec. 13.

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