Hearing Held in Murder Case
MOUNDSVILLE – A Paden City woman accused of fatally shooting a man on her porch last summer may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a psychological evaluation.
Attorneys met before Circuit Judge David Hummel in Moundsville on Thursday, Jan. 28, to discuss potential evidence when the case against Jessica Quinn, 36, proceeds to trial. Quinn is charged with murder and wanton endangerment for allegedly shooting Kevin “K.C.” Thompson on June 8. She has pleaded innocent.
Discussion centered on a psychological evaluation and whether Quinn’s defense at trial would rely on testimony asserting that Quinn may have been suffering from PTSD.
The evaluation, performed by Huntington psychologist Robert Miller, found Quinn was competent to stand trial, but included an observation that PTSD may be involved. During Thursday’s hearing, Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught pressed Quinn’s defense attorney, Kevin Neiswonger, on whether the examination would be used at trial.
Neiswonger, joined by fellow defense attorney John Treadway, was unable to say immediately whether the examination would be brought up at trial. Haught said he wished to ensure the matter did not drag on while waiting for results if they would prove unnecessary.
“My concern was, I didn’t want to have another doctor do an examination that might take two or three months, if it’s not going to be used,” Haught said.
Hummel granted Neiswonger one week to respond to Haught’s motion.
Other potential evidence was discussed Thursday, including forensic testing.
“I think there are going to be a lot of facts that Mr. Haught may have thought were in dispute, that won’t be dispute,” Neiswonger said. “I don’t want to get into specifics, but at first glance, I don’t believe we’ll need to do an analysis on the gun, I just need to know definitely at this point in time.”
Another pretrial hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5 in Wetzel County.
The hearing was observed by a handful of audience members who identified themselves as Thompson’s family. They wore matching green shirts in memory of him.