Competency eval ordered for Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors body-scheme defendant

FBI and other investigators served warrants at the now-closed Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose in 2018. Shirley Koch, who was indicted along with her daughter on mail fraud charges related to an alleged body-sale scheme, is to have a competency evaluation. (Montrose Daily Press/file photo)

One of two women indicted for mail fraud related to allegations of selling human remains without permission is to be evaluated for legal competency.

Shirley Koch, mother and co-defendant of former funeral director Megan Hess, through her attorney sought a court order for a psychiatric evaluation. The motion was granted after a brief hearing in U.S. District Court Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Daily Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

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