LOGAN – A Logan woman who was arrested last year after allegedly leading authorities on a chase in a stolen vehicle will undergo a second evaluation to determine whether she is competent to stand trial, and whether she may be not guilty by reason of insanity.
Holly Martin is facing charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with a police officer’s order or signal, both with firearm specifications; burglary; and attempted grand theft of a motor vehicle. The charges stem from an Oct. 18, 2020 incident in which she’s alleged to have stolen a pickup truck from a Falls Township residence, and then have 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 she had a loaded rifle.
Martin has already undergone one assessment to determine her competency for trial, and the psychologist who conducted it has submitted a report to the Hocking County Common Pleas Court. In a motion filed May 19, however, her defense attorney, Dorian Keith Baum, informed Judge John T. Wallace that the psychologist has told him she wants to do a second evaluation.
One reason for this request, Baum wrote, was the fact that considerable time had elapsed between when the competency report was filed and when the psychologist was able to obtain Martin’s mental health records to complete a report on her sanity. Another reason was that Martin’s family had shared information with the psychologist suggesting that Martin “may have, in fact, suffered another mental health crisis, which would potentially change the doctor’s opinion of her competency.”
Baum added that he had been unable contact Martin as of May 17, but since then has learned that she had been hospitalized in the psychiatric ward of an area hospital.
After reviewing information from the psychologist and Integrated Services for Behavioral Health, a social services provider, Baum wrote, “it is clear to (me) that (Martin’s) mental state is such that her ability to assist in her own defense is once again in question, and her general mental health has raised serious concerns, such that if left untreated she may become a danger to herself and/or others… In addition, (I believe) that (Martin) very well may have been legally insane at the time the alleged violation took place, and that (she) may not be criminally liable for her conduct during that time, not only because (of) the possible mental health issues she may suffer from now, but also because of the clear psychosis she was suffering from just days before the alleged incidents occurred.”
Judge Wallace issued an order for the second evaluation on May 24.
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