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Pre-trial psych evaluation denied for 18-year-old defendant
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 27, 2014 | 2091 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A motion for a competence evaluation for a Jones County teenager set for trial in March was denied in Superior Court last week.

Defense attorney Veronica Brinson presented two motions for the mental evaluation of her client March 13, which could have delayed his trial by as much as six months to a year.

Trey Jarvis James Hill was arrested June 18, 2013, and charged with four counts of child molestation and one count of cruelty to children. Brinson told the court that Hill suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity and bipolar disorder and she brought the motions out of an abundance of caution.

Brinson said her client had not been taking his medications for some time. She said, in her opinion, Hill does not appreciate her role in his defense of the charges and added he had a history of trauma and abuse.

“He needs to be evaluated by an expert,” she stated.

The defense called Betty Ann Sills, the defendant’s grandmother, as a witness. She testified that Hill was living with her and does not have the money for his meds because of a mix-up with the system.

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