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Jerome teacher arraigned on attempted murder charge

Posted: 5:46 AM, Jun 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-19 07:46:39-04
Jerome teacher arraigned on attempted murder charge

JEROME, Idaho — A southern Idaho teacher who prosecutors say stabbed her ex-boyfriend has been arraigned on an attempted murder charge.

The Times-News reports 36-year-old Tawna Day Huttanus of Jerome pleaded not guilty in 5th District Court Monday morning. Her attorney Steven McRae said Huttanus' mental competency is in question and she needs a psychological evaluation to aid in settlement discussions.

Prosecutors say there were children in the home during the April 14 stabbing incident.

Huttanus was a third grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School when she was arrested. Superintendent Dale Layne says Huttanus remains employed but is on administrative leave.

A jury trial has been scheduled for Nov. 5.