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Mental exam ordered in first lady threatening case

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December 23, 2009 06:55 PM EST | AP


HONOLULU — A mental competency examination has been ordered for a woman accused of threatening to kill first lady Michelle Obama.

The exam for Kristy Lee Roshia was ordered Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren at the request of prosecutors. The motion wasn't opposed by federal Deputy Public Defender Shanlyn Park.

The 35-year-old Roshia will remain in custody. Kurren scheduled another hearing in the case for Feb. 9.

Wednesday's hearing came one day before President Barack Obama and his family are expected to arrive in Hawaii for a Christmas vacation.

Roshia was arrested Saturday and charged with threatening a family member of the president. The Secret Service says Roshia threatened to kill Michelle Obama in a call last month to its Boston office.

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Information from: The Honolulu Advertiser, http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com