Another Mental Evaluation Ordered for Grandmother

Another Mental Evaluation Ordered for Grandmother

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(Idaho Falls-AP) -- Another mental evaluation has been ordered for the Utah woman accused of kidnapping her 19-month-old granddaughter, fleeing to Idaho and then drowning the child in the Snake River.

Attorneys involved in the prosecution of 38-year-old Kelley Lodmell appeared in an Idaho Falls courtroom today for a status conference.

The judge is awaiting completion of the federal kidnapping case against Lodmell before he proceeds with kidnapping and murder charges in Idaho.

The federal trial in Utah has been pushed back to February to accommodate the new psychiatric evaluation.

Defense attorneys want additional information to determine if they can mount an insanity defense to the federal charge.

Prosecutors allege Lodmell kidnapped and drowned her granddaughter, Acacia (ah-SAY-shah) Bishop, on Memorial Day weekend.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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