MARYLAND

Antoinette Starks pleads guilty

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) - A woman accused of randomly stabbing a woman in a Target parking lot in Lanham pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted first degree murder. But the judge ruled that she isn't criminally responsible for her actions.

State psychiatrists determined that Antoinette Starks wasn't criminally responsible when she stabbed a woman in Lanham in October 2011. The judge accepted that determination.

The Bowie woman will remain in the custody of state mental health authorities.

She was initially declared incompetent to stand trial, but was deemed competent for trial last March.

This isn't the first time Starks randomly attacked a person.

She was held in a mental hospital for six years after stabbing two people at a Maryland Nordstrom’s in 2005.

She was found not criminally responsible in that case as well and sent to a state mental hospital.

Starks will be held at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center and can't be released without a judge's permission.

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