A Galveston County judge on Monday called for a competency hearing for a woman accused in the 2013 shooting death of her former boyfriend in a League City Walmart parking lot.
Roshonda Latrice Howard, 45, is charged with murder in the death of Jacob Felts at the Victory Lakes Walmart in September 2013, records show.
Since being charged, Howard has twice come before a judge and had proceedings delayed because of competency issues. 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter ordered the latest hearing Monday.
In 2015, Howard was found incompetent to stand trial for murder and spent time in state hospitals for mental evaluation, records show.
Officials eventually found Howard competent to stand trial in November 2017 and a warrant was filed in the 405th District Court to return her to Galveston County for trial, records show.
Hours before jury selection was set to begin Monday morning, Howard pleaded guilty to the murder charge, Chief Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole said.
The punishment phase of the trial was set to begin Monday afternoon and continue through today before Slaughter called for a competency hearing, Poole said.
That hearing is set for 10 a.m. today, Poole said.
If Howard is found competent, the guilty plea will go through, Poole said.
Felts, 37, of La Marque, an electronics department employee at Walmart, was leaving work when he was shot, police said. He was taken by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died from a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Howard turned herself in to League City police after the shooting, according to a probable cause affidavit.
She told police that she had dated Felts for about six years before he ended the relationship in March 2012, according to the affidavit.
Howard told police that after the two broke up, she became upset and eventually purchased a Bersa Thunder .380-caliber handgun and drove to where Felts worked to confront him, according to the affidavit.
Howard told investigators she asked Felts why he broke up with her and cheated on her, according to the affidavit.
“She said he was dismissive and would not respond to her,” according to the affidavit.
Howard told police that she felt threatened and began shooting, according to the affidavit.
Security video showed a woman parked next to Felts’ SUV getting out of her car and firing several shots into the driver’s side window and door of Felts’ vehicle, police said.
Eight shell casings were found at the scene, according to the affidavit.