LIMA — The attorney for a Lima teenager charged with murder for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend to death said he will formally request his client undergo a series of psychological tests to determine her competency to stand trial.
Kenneth Rexford, court-appointed attorney for 19-year-old Autumn Spears, met Wednesday morning behind closed doors in Allen County Common Pleas Court with prosecutors and Judge David Cheney to chart a series of events that he will request in writing as the case moves forward.
Spears is charged in the Sept. 25 stabbing death of her boyfriend, Stephan Kimble-Childress, 27, of Toledo. Police say Spears stabbed the Toledo man at the Lima West Apartments, 1855 N. Cole St., Lima. The teenager was indicted by a grand jury in November on two counts of murder, unclassified felonies, and two counts of felonious assault, felonies of the second degree.
Spears had previously been arrested in Toledo in a separate stabbing incident, police said.
Spears appeared in court earlier to waive her constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Rexford on Wednesday said he will file motions within the next seven days to formally request a psychological evaluation be performed on Spears. The purpose of the evaluation, Rexford said, is to determine Spears’ sanity at the time of the alleged act; to determine her competency to stand trial; and to attempt to determine if the defendant suffers from battered woman syndrome, which the defense attorney said relates to “her history as a victim of sex trafficking.”
A jury trial for Spears is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 20, although Rexford said the schedule is in limbo pending the outcome of the psychological evaluations.