Delay for woman accused of killing Eugene officer
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A judge has found that the woman accused of killing a Eugene police officer is too mentally ill to stand trial.
The Register Guard reports a Lane County Circuit Court judge ordered 56-year-old Cheryl Dawn Kidd of Springfield to the Oregon State Hospital on Monday for up to three years of treatment.
If she becomes able to assist in her defense she would face an aggravated murder charge in the April shooting of Officer Chris Kilcullen, who was killed during a traffic stop.
Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner says if she does not recover, the charge could be dropped and Kidd could be released unless psychiatrists find she poses a danger. She has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com