A Conway teen accused in the July 2015 double murder will undergo one more mental evaluation to determine whether she is fit to proceed with trial.
Anastasia Roberts, 18, is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and theft by receiving for her alleged participation in the July 21, 2015, shooting deaths of Robert and Patricia Cogdell. She was 17 at the time she and three others were accused in the Cogdells’ deaths.
Defense Attorney Jim Wyatt said after speaking with the independently hired doctor that evaluated Roberts he believes she needs one more examination to determine whether she is fit to proceed with trial.
Wyatt told Circuit Judge Troy B. Braswell Jr. he had an extensive conversation with Roberts’s doctor and felt it was “in her best interest” to undergo another test.
Although Roberts has undergone a few examinations, Wyatt said he trusted the doctor’s opinion to give her an additional examination.
“Anastasia was just a kid when this all started …. I want to make sure I do everything in her best interest,” Wyatt said in circuit court Thursday.
Braswell showed his frustrations, noting the initial request to have Roberts evaluated was made in November.
“Obviously this is a serious case and a serious issue,” he said before approving the request.
Wyatt said he did not expect the examination would take long to schedule and a determination on Roberts’s mental health status would be available by her next court appearance.
Two teens — Justin Staton, 16, and Connor Atchley, 18 — have pleaded guilty to the double murder.
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