Wentz to undergo psychiatric evaluation

By From page A4 | December 07, 2012

Rachel Wentz appeared in court for a quick hearing to appoint a doctor for psychiatric evaluation and to move a hearing date.

Defense attorney David Brooks requested that Judge Douglas C. Phimister vacate the preliminary hearing on Dec. 5, and that he had no opposition to a continuance motion filed by the prosecution. Phimister granted the motion.

Phimister next granted the motion to appoint Dr. Eugene Roeder to do a psychiatric evaluation on Wentz.

A pre-preliminary hearing was then set for Jan. 14, 2013, at 8 a.m. in Department 7 for further proceedings.

Wentz, 29, is charged with arson related to a Garden Valley home burning down on Oct. 29, with a special allegation that a device designed to accelerate the fire was used. She is also charged with child abuse and endangerment of her son, who was allegedly in the house at the time of the fire. She is currently being held at the county jail with bail listed as $160,000.

Cole Mayer

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