Call for sanity commission delays murder trial day before it was set to begin

Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 12:07 PM CST
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A motion for a sanity commission has delayed the trial that was set to start this week for Glen Maricle, 57 of Elizabeth, one of three people charged in a neglect case that led to the death of 25-year-old Cyra Harrison.

On Friday, Maricle's public defenders, Phillip Robinson and Chris LaCour, filed a motion to have Maricle's sanity examined and also pushed for a delay because LaCour had just been added to the case.

"I think it's appropriate that we do (continue)," LaCour told Judge Chris Hazel in court on Monday. And, I need time to prepare. [...] I know it's very late in the hour, but I ask for a continuance."

LaCour told the court that he was just becoming familiar with the case and that Maricle had a third grade education, which made it difficult for them to communicate with some of the case documents.

While the state made it clear they were ready to proceed with the trial, prosecutor Brian Cespiva agreed to the continuance.

"We want to ensure that any conviction in this case doesn't come back," he said. "I don't think the state has an option other than to let the sanity motion go forward."

Maricle, his wife, Marilyn, and Harrison's mother, Karen, are charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to juveniles. Cyra Harrison suffered from cerebral palsy and was found dead in Nov. 2018 at a home on Leon Odom Road in the Plainview community.

According to Cespiva, no deals are being offered to the three in exchange for a change of plea.

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