Judge grants Duley mental evaluation
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:14:39 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A judge has granted a request by prosecutors to perform a mental evaluation on an Orangeburg County mother accused of suffocating her two young sons and driving her car into a river.
Court officials say Circuit Judge Edgar Dickson agreed Wednesday that a psychiatrist needs to figure out if 29-year-old Shaquan Duley is fit to stand trial.
Duley was charged with two counts of murder after divers pulled the bodies of 2-year-old Devean Duley and 18-month-old Ja'van Duley from the North Edisto River on Aug. 16.
Investigators said Duley confessed to smothering the boys after a fight with her own mother, who Duley said badgered her about her failures as a parent.Related Stories Orangeburg mom charged in 2 sons' deaths loses custody No bond for Orangeburg mom accused of killing toddlers State lawmaker wants to expand safe haven law
Duley is in jail and has been denied bond. No trial date has been set.
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