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A Cambridge woman charged in a fatal weekend stabbing has been ordered held without bail for a mental competency hearing.
Not guilty pleas were entered Monday for 40-year-old Malia Gomez on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault with intent to murder.
Police responding to reports of an unconscious man found 46-year-old Dana Robinson on the porch of a Putnam Avenue apartment building at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Family members said outside court Gomez told them she acted in self-defense.
Her father, Mel Gomez, tells The Boston Globe she let Robinson stay at her apartment because of the cold, and he struck her when she asked him to leave. The father said Gomez had mental health issues. He offered condolences to Robinson's family.