Judge denies request to stay order in 97-year-old murder suspect's case

Published On: Feb 04 2013 12:06:29 PM EST
Elderly suspect's fate still in question

Amanda Stevenson appears in court.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -

The St. Johns County judge who ordered 97-year-old murder suspect Amanda Stevenson removed from the jail and placed in the care of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities has denied the agency's request to stay the order.

Stevenson is still in the St. Johns County jail.

No date has been set to hear the agency's appeal that the placement violates its mission statement.

Stevenson has been ruled not competent to stand trial in the shooting death of her nephew.

The agency says it doesn't have the capabilities to deal with her dementia and other medical issues. The agency says its mission is to treat those with mental retardation or autism, and none of the five psychologists who examined Stevenson found she has those illnesses.

Stevenson is accused of killing her nephew, 53-year-old John Rice, in September 2011 -- shooting him in the chest while he was lying in bed.

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