by Mickey Smith
HYDE PARK – As a result of a hearing held via conference call, accused murderer Pamela Raymond, 55, of Morristown, is scheduled to undergo further evaluation by Dr. Jonathan Weker in an effort to make a decision regarding her competency and if /where she should be hospitalized.
Dr. Weker was initially retained by the defense as part of the original discussion of whether or not Raymond was competent to stand trial. The state had an evaluation conducted by Dr. Paul Cotton. Lamoille County State’s Attorney Joel Page said because Judge Dennis Pearson ruled in favor of Dr. Weker’s decision, all parties agreed he would be the best choice to go further with evaluation.
Another hearing was not scheduled yet because Judge Pearson pointed out if Dr. Weker reopens the competency question, the entire process could go in an entirely different direction.
After the hearing, Page said there is also an option being explored where Raymond could be admitted for up to two weeks to a facility like the new psychiatric hospital in Morristown in order to provide a more “eyes on” evaluation. He said because this is a deviation from the process it would require agreement from all parties.
Raymond is accused of killing her three-month old grandson in October of 2010 by putting the antidepressant drug Imipramine into his bottle in an attempt to quiet the child. She was charged with second degree murder.