- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Lawyers for a Frederick County woman charged with first-degree murder of her grandmother are challenging a mental fitness report.

The Frederick News-Post reports in its Tuesday edition (bit.ly/1mapp8S) that defense attorneys want the court to determine if 20-year-old Hestina Harris can be held criminally responsible for the December 2014 stabbing death of 67-year-old Lillie Morris at their Burkittsville home.

People can be found not criminally responsible if they had a mental disorder that made them unable to appreciate the criminality of their conduct or act within the requirements of the law.

Harris has pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible. A psychological examination by the state’s expert found her competent to stand trial and able to appreciate the criminality of her conduct at the time of the attack.


Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, https://www.fredericknewspost.com

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