A developmentally disabled woman from Riverside was recently accused of setting a fire in her home that killed her terminally ill mother and elderly father. Yet police are still trying to determine whether or not the woman is aware of the implications of what she did. The case has been transferred to a mental health court, and the hearing will commence on June 12th. At this new courthouse, the woman will be issued a competency exam by a physician.
During this exam, the doctor will try to figure out whether or not this woman is capable of understanding the charges against her and whether she has the ability to assist in her own defense. The defense attorney working on the case says that she requested that the offender undergo the examination. Right now, the mentally unstable individual is being held in jail without bail. She is charged with counts of murder,
Court records show that the inmate suffered encephalitis at age 2, and now has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old. She lived with her parents, though she is 48-years-old, but was able to walk around the neighborhood alone and go shopping on occasion. In the past, the woman has burned her parent's Jehovah's Witness books because she did not approve of the religion and said that it made her "sad."
In a mental health case, the judge, jury, and attorneys must be incredibly cautious. It would be unjust to convict someone in a case that they could not help the fact that they committed. The mentally unstable person may have no idea that his or her actions meant any harm. If your loved one is involved in a case like this, then you need to talk to a criminal defense lawyer. You want someone who can be sensitive and understanding to your situation to cover your case. Talk to a Riverside criminal defense attorney today for more information.