LOGAN — A 36-year-old Logan woman who was arrested Oct. 18 after allegedly leading authorities on a vehicle chase in a stolen pickup truck will undergo an evaluation to determine whether she’s competent to stand trial.
Hocking County Common Pleas Judge John T. Wallace signed an order Dec. 22 in the case of Holly Martin, who is in jail and facing charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle with a firearm specification; failure to comply with a police officer’s order or signal, also with a firearm specification; burglary; and attempted grand theft of a motor vehicle.
Wallace’s order notes that the issue of Martin’s competence to stand trial “having come to the court’s attention,” he is ordering that she be examined at the jail by personnel from the Netcare Forensic Center in Columbus, to determine if she’s competent to stand trial.
Under Ohio law, to be competent for trial requires that a defendant be capable of understanding the nature and objective of the trial proceedings and of assisting in their own legal defense.
In October of last year, Martin was arrested after she allegedly stole a truck from a Falls Township residence, then led law enforcement – including officers from the Logan Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Hocking County Sheriff’s Office – on a pursuit through Logan and along county roads. When officers finally caught up with Martin, they allegedly found a loaded rifle in her possession.
She is currently being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash or surety bond.
If the experts who evaluate Martin are of the opinion that she is not currently competent for trial, the judge’s order says, they will be asked for an opinion on the likelihood of her becoming competent within one year if she receives treatment.