More Hearings For Deborah King

Give it up and take what you get.

For the fifth time since she drove into a Pacific Grove father killing him in front of his son, a judge has appointed a psychiatrist to evaluate the mental competency of Deborah King.

Defense attorney Heather Rogers told Judge Russell Scott this morning she can’t move forward with a motion for a new trial because she doubts her client’s ability to assist in her own defense.

A jury convicted King in February of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the death of 35-year-old Joel Woods, who was struck and killed outside Pacific Grove Middle School on Sept. 2, 2008. Because she has five prior drunken-driving convictions, one resulting in a prison term, the former correctional officer faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

More Hearings For Deborah King (Contra Costa Times)