Woman who allegedly set grandmother on fire moved to Riverview for competency evaluation

Emily Cole (right), 26, of Ellsworth stands with attorney James Diehl during her videoconference first court appearance before Justice Kirk Studstrup. Cole is accused of setting her grandmother ablaze Friday at her grandparents' Bangor home.
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Emily Cole (right), 26, of Ellsworth stands with attorney James Diehl during her videoconference first court appearance before Justice Kirk Studstrup. Cole is accused of setting her grandmother ablaze Friday at her grandparents' Bangor home.
Posted July 07, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Ellsworth woman accused of pouring gasoline on her grandmother and setting the 77-year-old woman on fire has been transferred from the Penobscot County Jail to Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta for a mental health evaluation, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said Thursday.

Emily Cole, 26, is charged with attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault in the May 13 incident.

She is expected to be indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury later this month.

Cole is being evaluated at the state-run hospital to determine if, with treatment, she is competent to assist in her own defense, according to Roberts. A competency hearing has been tentatively scheduled in August at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Since her arrest in May, Cole has been held at the jail in Bangor unable to post $100,000 in cash as bail.

She has no criminal record, according to the State Bureau of Identification.

Ernestine Cole, 77, suffered severe burns on her upper body, police said in May. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor but later transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The elderly woman, who lives on outer Broadway in Bangor, was scheduled to be released from the hospital this week, according to Roberts.

Emily Cole allegedly set her grandmother on fire because she was upset about a breakup with a female partner, according to court documents.

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