Man Accused of Killing Wife Needs Mental Evaluation

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Homicide defendant Amit Kumar re-appeared in mental health court in front of Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin to receive the results of his competency evaluation on March 20. 

Judge Rasin signed off on the evaluation on March 6. Further evaluation was requested to determine if Kumar is mentally competent to understand the charges against him and participate in his own defense.

Kumar, 44, represented by Judit Otvos, is being tried again for first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure and second-degree murder following an appeal. He was found guilty on Nov. 18, 2019, for use of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure.

According to previous reporting, on Jan. 11, 2019, an altercation broke out between Kumar and his wife, Anikta Verma over an affair she was having with their landlord. 

Kumar allegedly stabbed Verma to death with a large kitchen knife 55 times in their apartment on the 6700 block of Holabird Avenue. 

Kumar will appear in mental health court again on April 24. 

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