by Mickey Smith
Accused murderer Pamela Raymond moves to her seat during last week’s hearing at the Lamoille County Courthouse, as defense attorney Marc Eagle follows. Smith photo
HYDE PARK – After being found incompetent to stand trial, a woman accused of giving her infant grandson a fatal overdose of medicine prescribed to someone else, is hoping to be allowed to live at home under some sort of electronic monitoring, instead of staying in jail while her longer term fate is determined.
Pamela Raymond was arrested in October of 2010 and was charged with second degree murder over the death of her four-month old grandson on September 13, 2010. Morristown Police claim Raymond gave the child some of her husband’s antidepressant, imipramine, to the child in an effort to quiet him.
Last Tuesday, December 4, a hearing was held to discuss a motion by defense attorney Marc Eagle who asked for an application for a review by the Department of Corrections (DOC) as to the appropriateness of home detention as opposed to keeping her in jail.
Both Judge Dennis Pearson, who presided over the hearing via conference call, and Lamoille County Deputy State’s Attorney Christopher Moll agreed the DOC review is the proper next step. Judge Pearson said he would want to wait to see the findings of the DOC review before further ruling on the motion. Moll said he did not object to the request to the motion as without it he felt they were operating “within a vacuum.” Although, he said, they anticipated objecting to the request, but wanted to see the report before doing so.
The office of Lamoille County State’s Attorney Joel Page has also requested a psychiatric exam and report of the findings to be done through the Department of Mental Health. Moll said they would like to look at the possibility of a need for treatment and to figure out the proper location for such treatment should it be necessitated.
Raymond was released on conditions after she originally made bail. About a year ago, two new counts of violating her conditions of release were added to her record and she has been held since that time for lack of bail. Part of the conditions of her release included her remaining at home except for specified appointments. She was charged with the violation after it was learned she attended a meeting about Mary Kay cosmetics.