California woman accused of starting Fawn fire deemed mentally unfit for trial
Arson charges have been filed against Alexandra Souverneva for the Fawn fire in Shasta County. - Douglas County Sheriff’s Office/Douglas County Sheriff’s Office/TNS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The prosecution of a Palo Alto yoga instructor accused of starting the Fawn fire nearly two months ago went on indefinite hold Tuesday after a Shasta County Superior Court judge deemed the woman mentally unfit to stand trial. Alexandra Souverneva, 31, will be evaluated for possible placement in a state mental health hospital after Judge Adam Ryan ruled she is mentally incompetent, according to Briona Haney, a spokeswoman for the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office. The ruling means Souverneva does not understand court proceedings and cannot adequately aid attorneys in h...