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Jun 21, 2016 10:25 PM

UPDATE: Celina Cass murder case put on hold until psychiatric evaluation of stepfather

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BERLIN - A New Hampshire man accused of murdering his stepdaughter in 2011 will have to go through a psychiatric evaluation before the case can continue.

Wendel Noyes, 52, is facing second-degree murder charges in Celina Cass's death.

"We all thought it was him but we had no proof," said Louisia Cass, Celina Cass's mother.

Cass's daughter, Celina, went missing in July of 2011, and was last seen at home in West Stewartstown.

"Watching T.V. together in my rocking chair, I was rocking her in my rocking chair. That was the last time I saw her," said Louisia Cass crying.

Noyes was arrested Monday at N.H.'s State Hospital where he's been since December of this year. In court on Tuesday, his attorney said there is a competency issue.

"You found him incompetent following a hearing in Colebrook in November," said Defense Attorney Martha Hornick. "I don't believe that any court proceedings can go forward pursuing to this court's order and state law."

The judge agreed and put the case on hold until Noyes gets a psychiatric evaluation.

If convicted, Noyes could face life in prison.

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