Psych eval sought for Lima murder suspect


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Autumn Spears mental state is under question as her case continues through the courts.

Autumn Spears mental state is under question as her case continues through the courts.


J Swygart | The Lima News

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.

Autumn Spears mental state is under question as her case continues through the courts.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/12/web1_Autumn-Spears-1-1.jpgAutumn Spears mental state is under question as her case continues through the courts. J Swygart | The Lima News

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