Paso woman charged with killing mother waives right to preliminary hearing

Sunni Jackson, diagnosed with schizophrenia, allegedly stabbed and beat 61-year-old Earlene Louis Grove to death in April 2012.

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comJune 27, 2013 

The Paso Robles woman charged with killing her mother last year waived her right to a preliminary hearing in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Thursday.

Sunni Jackson, diagnosed with schizophrenia, allegedly stabbed and beat 61-year-old Earlene Louis Grove to death in April 2012. She was initially found mentally incompetent to stand trial and has since received treatment at Patton State Hospital, a psychiatric facility in San Bernardino County.

Jackson was found mentally competent to stand trial at a May 9 court hearing, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Court proceedings were suspended while she was away for treatment.

Back in court Thursday, Jackson appeared dazed with heavy eyelids. She spoke briefly to her lawyer at times and thanked Superior Court Judge John Trice on one occasion when he said she could sit as he addressed her.

Her attorney, public defender Jim Maguire, said he wanted to accelerate the case so Jackson could enter a dual plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity, so doctors could assess whether she was sane at the time of the alleged crime.

“And I wanted to get to that point sooner rather than later,” he said.

It was not made immediately clear why Maguire is seeking a dual plea.

Jackson is being held without bail in County Jail, and she is receiving treatment there, Maguire said.

Trice set Jackson’s arraignment for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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