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Posted on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 3:07 p.m.

Trial date set for Ann Arbor woman accused of fatally stabbing father

By John Counts


Susan Wade

Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

A trial date of June 3 was set Tuesday in the Washtenaw County Trial Court for the 48-year-old Ann Arbor woman charged with one count of open murder in the stabbing death of her father, court records show.

Meanwhile, prosecutors are awaiting the results of a second competency evaluation of Susan Wade, said Steve Hiller of the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office.

A final pretrial hearing for May 7 also was set in court Tuesday, according to court records.

Wade was found competent to stand trial at a hearing in August. In October, Judge Donald Shelton granted a request for a second, independent competency exam.

Hiller said the second examination is used to determine criminal responsibility.

Wade is accused of killing her father, 86-year-old Ronald Mason, on June 9 in the home they shared in the 1700 block of Covington Drive in Ann Arbor. previously has reported Wade allegedly stabbed Mason repeatedly after midnight on June 9 when he was sleeping. That same day, Wade allegedly continued the attack when she returned to the bedroom and thought she saw Mason moving.

Wade's family told she has a past history of drug abuse and schizophrenia.

Her daughter was the one who eventually called police and reported Mason’s death. Police said Wade barricaded herself inside the home before allowing her daughter to enter, showing her Mason’s body. Wade was arrested at the home that same day.

Wade remains in custody at the Washtenaw County Jail with no bond.

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Tina Hunter

Sun, Mar 10, 2013 : 8:07 p.m.

The woman is not stupid or dumb. She looks the part and puts on a good face. But she new exactly what she was doing. With hate in her heart. Why she dicided to take our father from us - no one will really ever know. I just pray that she get's life. That way she can spend every breathing moment, having to live with this.... And on that note, let her live a long life in concrete walls and bars Tina Hunter


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 8:20 p.m.

Good lord... An 86 year old father... What is with people these days.. I'd give anything to have my father back, and this person kills her own dad. What a world we live in.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 3:51 a.m.

Ever see the movie Goonies? Nuff said.

Soulful Adrenaline

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 3:03 p.m.

I was thinkin' 'Throw mama from the train.'

Fresh Start

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 3 a.m.

Someone call 911