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Alzheimer's patient won't face murder charge in NJ

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) - An Alzheimer's patient accused of fatally shooting her husband inside their southern New Jersey home last summer won't have to stand trial on murder charges.

State Superior Court Judge Terence Cook recently dismissed the charges against 77-year-old Fredricka Rosa. Cook had ruled in April that the Pemberton Township resident was not mentally competent to stand trial.

Rosa was charged in the death of her 79-year-old husband, Valpa Rosa Sr. His body was found in the couple's home in July 2012 after police were called there by one of the couple's children.

The couple had been married for 54 years.

Family members tell The Philadelphia Inquirer that Rosa said she shot her husband because she saw him sexually assaulting their granddaughter. But the granddaughter wasn't at the home that day.

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