Insanity defense likely in Sherwood murder
- Geoff Pursinger
- The Times - News
Woman waves right to speedy trial to undergo mental evaluations
The trial of Kristina Buckley, the Sherwood woman accused of strangling her 11-year-old daughter to death on June 2, will likely not begin until September 2012.
At a status check hearing Tuesday, Buckley waived her rights to a speedy trial after Judge Suzanne M. Upton said that trail for the murder of Buckley's daughter Cecilia would likely not take place until sometime next year.
Buckley did not speak during the hearing. Her court-appointed attorney waived her rights on her behalf.
There had been some talk of starting the trial in the spring of 2012, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Rob Bletko, but that date could be pushed back to September if Buckley's lawyers decide to use a mental defense.
If that happens, the state and defense will need to have mental health evaluations of their own, which could take months.
Buckley reportedly exhibited paranoid and delusional behavior days before Cecilia's death, and Bletko said that it was likely that Buckley would mount a mental defense.
Buckley faces one count of aggravated murder. If convicted, she could face the death penalty, which would be decided by a jury.
At about 5 p.m., June 2 police and fire crews responded to a home in the the 17600 block of Southwest Galewood Drive in Sherwood where Patrick Buckley, Kristina's husband, was performing CPR on his daughter.
Cecilia was transported to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin where she was pronounced dead.
Autopsy results concluded that she had been strangled to death.
Buckley was arrested June 16 after being released from a local hospital for self-inflicted wounds, according to the Sherwood Police Department.
Court documents say that Buckley admitted to strangling her daughter with her hands in part because she wanted to protect the girl from pedophiles.
She is being held in the Washington County Jail without bail.
Her next court date is set for Nov. 1.