Monday, August 27, 2007

Trial Delayed For Woman Charged In Bludgeoning Death

ELLSWORTH -Web Editor: Patricia Pelosi

The trial of a Southwest Harbor woman suspected of bludgeoning an 83-year-old woman to death with a ceramic gargoyle is being delayed.

Court documents filed in Hancock County Superior Court indicate Michelle Mills will undergo a forensic evaluation to determine her competency to stand trial. That means she won't stand trial as originally scheduled on Sept. 4th.

Defense lawyer Jeffrey Silverstein isn't saying whether he'll use an insanity defense, but he says he's keeping all doors open.

Mills was arrested in June after she was secretly indicted by a Hancock County grand jury. She's accused of killing Jacqueline Evans of Southwest Harbor. Evans had hired Mills to take care of an elderly friend.

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