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Doctors appointed to evaluate Carmack

Grant County Circuit Court Judge Mark E. Spitzer granted a motion for a competency evaluation for Amanda Carmack during a hearing Wednesday, according to court records. Doctors have now been appointed to examine Carmack as mandated by state law when a mental disease defense is being used.

Carmack faces charges of murder, neglect of a dependent, domestic battery and strangulation in relation to the death of 10-year-old Skylea Carmack of Gas City. Carmack’s attorneys filed a notice on Sept. 25 stating their intention to use the defense of mental disease or defect during her trial.

- Tim Tedeschi