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Nov 22, 2010 7:48 PM by David Ortiviz

Accused killer in Fremont County not competent to stand trial

A man accused of killing his girlfriend and dismembering her body is headed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. On Monday, John Paul Williams was found incompetent to stand trial in the murder of Rebecca Magallanes. News First 5 talked with the victim's brother and sister-in-law who are disappointed and angry with the ruling.

"Really I feel helpless, I feel like I'm in shock," said Pamela Magallenes, the victim's sister-in-law.

"No reason why he shouldn't stand trial for the murder of my sister," said Vincent Magallenes, the victim's brother.

A judge declared Williams is unable to understand the court proceedings and help in his defense. No further details were released about why Williams isn't fit to stand trial. News First 5 can confirm Williams had a stroke shortly after Rebecca Magallenes was found murdered in November 2009.

Following the judge's ruling, Pamela Magallenes claims Williams turned and smiled at her. "Just to see that he smiled at me like he did--I don't know why he would do that, it was just horrible to me, it was like he got everything he wanted," said Pamela Magallenes.

Rebecca Magallenes' torso was discovered at a campsite in Custer County last year. Also, a coroner says a skull found in Teller County earlier this month could also belong to Magallenes.

Williams was arrested for first degree murder. Police found blood in his trailer home and evidence he recently bought acid and a saw. "She didn't deserve to die, and she certainly didn't deserve to die the way she did--and for this to be prolonged and go on, and apparently it's going to go on for a long time," said Pamela Magallenes.

Williams will be supervised at the state hospital in Pueblo. He'll be re-valuated every 90 days until he's fit to stand trial. Although he may never get better Magallenes' family isn't giving up. "Our hearts and our family will not rest until we do find justice for my sister Becky," said Vincent Magallenes.

The couple says prosecutors with the Fremont County District Attorney's office told them when and if this case does go to trial, they will not seek the death penalty.

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