- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit woman who authorities say bludgeoned her friend to death with a slow cooker during an alcohol-fueled argument about politics will get another mental competency examination, a judge ruled Thursday.

Tewana Sullivan is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 66-year-old Cheryl Livy at Livy’s Livonia apartment last year. Defense attorney John McWilliams got approval for the exam from Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway.

The examination, scheduled this month, will also evaluate for criminal responsibility, The Detroit News reported (https://bit.ly/1FlMef1 ). McWilliams said that his client can’t assist with her own defense because doesn’t remember details of what happened.

“She is not legally responsible for any criminal activity because of insanity,” McWilliams said after a court hearing.

McWilliams has said the long-time friends were arguing about presidential politics. He hasn’t said who took which side. Results from an earlier competency examination and the new tests are to be released in court on May 8. A trial is scheduled for June 1.

Sullivan has been jailed without bond.


Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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