Woman accused of killing Portage’s boyfriend and spending hours in an apartment with the body will undergo a skills assessment

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI – A woman accused of killing her boyfriend and remaining in the same room with the body for hours has been ordered to undergo a mental capacity hearing.

Iyanna Marie Colon, 21, is charged with one count of open-air murder in Kalamazoo County District Court. She is accused of fatally suffocating Maan Saleh Alblowi, 25, of Portage, on January 17.

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Colon was ordered to undergo a mental capacity evaluation on February 4. She must be deemed competent before the case can move forward.

A competency evaluation must determine that she understands the charges against her and can assist her attorney in a meaningful way, according to state law. Colon’s preliminary examination will not take place unless she is deemed mentally competent.

Colon and Alblowi had known each other for about two months and had been living together for about a week before his death, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Colon told police they had a disagreement before returning to the Briargate Apartments near Westnedge and Idaho Avenues, according to the affidavit.

They fought over Alblowi’s music and she threw water in his face, according to the affidavit. He then pulled her hair, causing her to hit her head and began to choke her, according to the affidavit.

Colon then proceeded to choke Alblowi in response. She thought the situation was life or death, according to the affidavit. She then realized that Albowi was not breathing.

Colon cried and prayed next to his body for about an hour and a half before realizing he was dead, according to the affidavit. She covered her body with a dress and dragged it into a closet, according to the affidavit.

Eventually, she went to sleep on a mattress in the living room. The next morning, January 18, she told her family what had happened and then went to the police station to report it, according to the affidavit.

Colon does not have a public hearing scheduled as the skills assessment is pending. She was denied bail and is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail.

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