Karen Harrison deemed 'competent' to stand trial for death of daughter

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Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 12:05 PM CST
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The mother of a young woman suffering from cerebral palsy who died after severe neglect, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, is competent to stand trial, according to two doctors who examined her.

Karen Harrison, 48, is charged with second degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile for the Nov. 2018 death of Cyra Harrison, 25. A couple that Harrison was living with, Glen Maricle, 56, and Marilyn Maricle, 53, also face the same charges.

Harrison was in court on Monday alongside her two public defenders, Andree Jacques and Jonas Nash. The two had requested a sanity hearing in Harrison's case and the results from the two court appointed doctors, Jessica Boudreaux and Michael Gallagher, stated that Harrison was competent to stand trial on June 22.

"It indicates unequivocally that Ms. Harrison is able to proceed to trial," said Assistant District Attorney Brian Cespiva.

The announcement was met with resistance initially by Nash, who told Judge Chris Hazel that he and Jacques wanted a hearing where they could cross examine the doctors.

"What would be the rational for the defense to do that?" asked Judge Hazel.

"We haven't had the opportunity to read it (the report) yet," said Nash.

"I'm doing six things up here and I've read it," said Judge Hazel, sending Nash back to read the report while the court waited.

After Nash and Jacques had the opportunity to look at the report, they still pushed for a hearing and a reference to medications that Harrison was on was made.

A contradictory hearing on the matter is now set for March 23.

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