Psych evaluations still not done for woman accused of killing her mother

Tasheonia Hills of Utica appears in Oneida County Court on Monday, May 14, 2018. Hills is accused of stabbing her mother to death in their apartment on Feb. 2, 2017.

The Utica woman accused of stabbing her mother to death last year appeared in Oneida County Court on Monday.

Posted: May. 14, 2018 4:44 PM

UTICA – The Utica woman accused of stabbing her mother to death last year appeared in Oneida County Court on Monday.

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Tasheonia Hills is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly stabbing her mother, 44-year-old Irene Williams, to death at their Humphrey Gardens apartment on Feb. 2, 2017.

The court is still waiting on psychological evaluation results from both the defense and the prosecution. When a defendant uses a mental health defense, both the defense and prosecution must have the defendant evaluated by a psychiatrist.

Several days after Hills was charged with killing her mother, the judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation, and two doctors found that she was unable to understand the court proceedings against her. She was then held in a psychiatric facility, initially for 90 days but it was then extended. She was found fit to stand trial in April.

Hills’ defense attorney claims that Hills wasn’t able to process what was happening on the night that her mother was killed because she wasn’t mentally stable. They say their report most likely won’t be complete until July.

Hills is scheduled to appear in court again on July 16.

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