Mt. Vernon Register-News


September 1, 2013

Judge approves fitness exam of murder suspect



In granting the motion, Judge Overstreet said, “The stakes are high and the charges are most serious. Justice requires a qualified expert be appointed.”

Dr. Angeline Stanislaus was appointed by the judge to conduct the fitness hearing within 30 days at the Jefferson County Justice Center.

The court set a time and date of 1 p.m. Oct. 17 for a status hearing to determine if the examination has been completed. The judge is expected at that time to set a further hearing to determine Taylor's fitness for trial.

Trial dates for the remaining suspects have been vacated. Black is expected to go to trial after Taylor's proceedings are finished, followed by James.

Black. represented by assistant public defender Todd Ringel, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday.

James is being represented by attorney Aaron Hopkins of West Frankfort.



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