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Middletown woman charged with murdering sister pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 9:48 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 8, 2021 at 9:57 AM EST
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WXIX) - A Middletown woman indicted on charges of murder and felonious assault in her sister’s shooting pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, court records show.

Monica Pennington’s attorney entered the plea on her behalf Friday in Butler County Common Pleas Court, a copy of the document shows.

Monica told Middletown police the death of her sister, Pamela Pennington, was meant to be a murder-suicide, according to Middletown city spokeswoman Shelby Quinlivan.

Police say the shooting happened the morning of Oct. 20 in the 1600 block of Lafayette Avenue.

Middletown Police Chief David Birk has said Monica also admitted to shooting Pamela during an argument and alcohol was involved.

Monica is being held in lieu of $650,000 bond at the Butler County Jail.

She will undergo a competency evaluation on Nov. 30 at 9 a.m.

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