Woman accused of killing mother during shooting spree deemed ‘incompetent’ to stand trial

ORLANDO, Fla. — A local mother is preparing for the possibility that her daughter’s accused killer could end up in a mental facility -- instead of prison.


Deshema McCoy said she feels an opportunity was missed to save her daughter’s life.

“This could have been prevented,” she said.

In January, investigators said 56-year-old Angila Baxter started shooting at cars after she believed “people were following her.”

She killed a 27-year-old mother of two, Nekaybaw Collier.

“I had a great daughter for 27 years, and I have so much love still in my heart for her,” McCoy said. " I know that if she could be here with us, she would.

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Eyewitness News learned that in August, Baxter was terrorizing her neighbors.

There’s video footage that shows Baxter shooting what appears to be a BB gun at their windows.

She also sprayed graffiti on her neighbors’ yard, accusing them of being demons five months before Collier’s death.

“It was just very senseless,” McCoy said. “Like I don’t -- I can’t put it all together.”

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The deputy’s Behavioral Response Unit met with Baxter at the time.

Still, case records show she did not qualify to be forced into a mental facility.

This month for a second time, Baxter was found incompetent to stand trial for Collier’s death.

“I don’t feel like it would be safe for her to be out on the streets,” McCoy said.

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There is another hearing at the courthouse in July.

The court will decide if she is a danger to the public and qualifies for involuntary hospitalization.

Legal experts said if Baxter is ordered to a facility, she’ll have periodic evaluations.

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If Baxter’s mental state changes, they said a judge could decide to bring a new hearing for competency for her to stand trial.

If there’s no mental change, Baxter could spend the rest of her life in the facility.

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