Man competent to stand trial in mother’s stabbing

A 42-year-old Greenwich man has been ruled competent to stand trial for murder in the stabbing death of his mother.

The case has involved medical, legal and religious issues.

Stephen Ferenz is accused of stabbing his mother, 63-year-old Carol Ferenz, in the chest and arm with a household knife December 31st in her Greenwich home. She died a day later.

Ferenz’s competency was in question because he has a history of severe mental illness. But yesterday the judge ruled he is competent to go to trial.

Carol Ferenz, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, declined a potentially life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. As a result, prosecutors weren’t sure whether to charge Stephen Ferenz with murder.

Ferenz was at first charged with two counts of first-degree assault on a person over 60. The charges were upgraded to murder in February.

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