Azariah proceeded to provide the prosecution with a brown paper bag containing her evidence for their review. While Boscorell offered the prosecution a continuance to allow time for him and his staff to review the evidence, lead prosecutor Everett Thane decided to press on without delay, reviewing it later.
Thane seemed confident he would be able to prove without reasonable doubt that Azariah committed all of these crimes and in his words, “does not recognize remorse, or even penalty of law” and went on to say “she is even proud of her accomplishments of such terrifying acts against the people of Asphyxiation Point."
At that point, Judge Boscorell asked if the psychological evaluation performed on the defendant was available. After a delay, the defendant pressured the judge about it, and he remanded her sternly that he is in charge and will make the decision about allowing Dr. Steerpike’s report in the courtroom.
Under questioning, Dr. Steerpike testified that the purpose was to determine whether the subject is mentally incapacitated and/or mentally unstable. As for IQ, anyone who scores under 70 is considered mentally handicapped.
The judge pressed for Dr. Steerpike to provide answers to Ms. Azariah’s competence to (1) stand trial and (2) defend herself, and finally, the psychiatrist stated her opinion, to wide stares of disbelief throughout the courtroom, “Given the interviews and testing of Miss Zoe Azariah, she is not fit to stand trial at this time. She is incapable of understanding the differences of right and wrong and is disconnected from her actions in such a way that she is unable to comprehend the consequences of her behavior. It is my belief that she needs intensive psychiatric therapy and medication before she is ready to stand trial, much less participate in her defense."
The accused, representing herself, immediate stood up and requested a change of plea, “That changes things. In light of Leigh's [Dr. Steerpike’s] assessment, the defendant would like to plead innocent by insanity.”
Prosecutor Thane requested she be confined to a facility until the final result is conclusive, as the judge dismissed the proceedings and tried to quell the crowd’s loud rantings with his gavel.
by AP Times Reporter Moon Powder