Robinson Asks for Dismissal on November, 2000 Murder Case


Local Criminal Defense Attorney, Les Robinson, requested a judge dismiss the murder charge against Mirna Aguirre-Palma, due to mental incompetence. Since charged for the murder of her son in 2000, Aquirre-Palma has been diagnosed with and treated for schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type and held in state custody without bond.

As part of the proceedings, Forensic Psychologist, LaVonne Fox, noted that doctors who have treated and evaluated Aguirre-Palma agree she is not competent to assist in her defense or understand the proceedings.

North Carolina Law enables a defendant or prosecutor to make a motion to dismiss criminal charges when a defendant is not capable of proceeding to trial, and it appears that after a period of time, the person will never have that capacity.

If the judge grants the motion to dismiss the murder charge, Robinson will likely file civil papers to have Aguirre-Palma involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

Original Article: The Daily Reflector

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