Mental evaluation ordered for Perry man charged with killing ex-wife

Photo from 19-year-old Keltsie Gerlach's Facebook page.

A Perry man accused of stabbing and killing his ex-wife, will undergo a mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial for murder and other charges.

Court records show a judge has ordered the Utah State Hospital to conduct a psychological evaluation for Spencer Gerlach. The 20-year-old man has been charged with murder, a first-degree felony and committing domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony.

Police arrested Gerlach April 15, after he called 911 saying he had just killed his ex-wife. Officers responded to a Brigham City apartment at 691 South 600 East and found 19-year-old Keltsie Gerlach dead from multiple stab wounds. A 15-month-old baby was also in the apartment asleep but was not in the same room where the crime occurred.

Police said the couple had recently separated during the past year and didn’t have a history of domestic abuse.

Gerlach remains in the Box Elder County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bail. He is expected again in court August 3.

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