Woman accused of racist attacks in Iowa competent for trial

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman accused of intentionally hitting children with her car because of their race has been ruled competent to stand trial.


KCRG reports court documents show a psychiatric evaluation found Nicole Poole competent. Poole is charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Police have said she intentionally ran over an Hispanic girl and a black boy near Des Moines-area schools last December. Both children survived.

She is also charged in connection with an outburst at a convenience store in West Des Moines on the same day the children were hit. A judge found her incompetent to stand trial in February and she was ordered to receive treatment.