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 A nine-woman, three-man Solano County Superior Court jury ruled Tuesday that Monica McCarrick, 29, was sane on Oct. 12, 2010, when she killed her children, 3-year-olds Tori and Lily Ball.

The verdict in the sanity phase of McCarrick’s trial came after just a few hours of deliberation earlier Tuesday.

McCarrick showed no response as the decision was announced. Judge Peter Foor ordered her back to court in August for sentencing.

Her defense counsel, Chief Deputy Public DefenderElena D’Agustino, had presented experts over the course of a sanity phase of trial who testified that McCarrick was suffering from paranoid delusions from an untreated mental illness at the time of the incident and feared that her children were about to be kidnapped, enslaved and raped.

“It led her to believe she had no other options,” D’Agustino said in her closing argument.

However, Deputy District Attorney Terry Ray told jurors that it was McCarrick’s years of methamphetamine use that led her to kill the children, arguing that the times McCarrick had suffered from delusional behavior throughout her life coincided with periods of documented or admitted drug use.

Two weeks ago, the same jury convicted McCarrick of two counts of first degree murder-one count for each child. In addition, the jury found McCarrick guilty of two counts of assault on a child causing death. It was found that she used a samurai sword to slash and stab their bodies before setting a small fire in their Fairfield apartment and attempting suicide.

 

 

 

 

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_20948206/jury-fairfield-mom-was-sane-when-she-killed

 

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