Sunlight Cha Warhola seems in 2nd District Court docket in Farmington on Oct. 18, 2010. A trial for Warhola was established to commence in September, but her attorney suggests her actual physical and mental wellbeing have deteriorated in the past a few weeks. (Nicholas Draney, Related Press)
SALT LAKE Metropolis — A Utah decide ordered a mental well being evaluation Thursday for a Layton woman charged with killing her two young children in their property additional than 10 several years in the past.
A trial for Sunlight Cha Warhola was set to get started in September, but her attorney states her actual physical and mental wellbeing have deteriorated in the very last 3 months, while, it is really not precisely distinct why.
Warhola has pleaded not responsible to two counts of aggravated murder, a to start with-degree felony, in the fatalities of her son James, 8, and daughter Jean Marie, 7. Authorities say she strangled the kids in James’ bedroom in their Layton home on Sept. 8, 2010.
The court scenario was on keep for roughly eight yrs although Warhola was in the psychiatric Utah State Healthcare facility, until finally a choose deemed her knowledgeable to stand demo in 2019.
Second District Choose Michael Edwards has once more requested Warhola to be taken to the Utah Condition Healthcare facility for evaluation. The judge is scheduled to make a acquiring at a Nov. 30 hearing following reviewing the effects. If she’s found not in shape to confront the rates, it can be most likely she’ll keep on being at the medical center for procedure as physicians operate with her to restore competency.
“The moment again we’re scheduling that as before long as we can to check out to go your subject ahead and not delay it any more than is unquestionably essential,” Edwards instructed Warhola. She appeared in Farmington’s 2nd District Court in an orange-and-white striped jail uniform around a video feed Tuesday and listened quietly to a Korean interpreter.
Skilled in the legal sense means a person can fully grasp the allegations against them and aid get ready a defense.
Warhola had been speaking about a attainable plea deal with her defense law firm Ed Brass, showing up to recognize the information, asking concerns and forming an impression, Brass wrote in a latest courtroom submitting. But given that Aug. 10, her situation has declined, and she can not recall what they talked about or the information of the plea offer.
In current months, she’s been expressing a perception that a psychiatrist in the Utah Condition Healthcare facility has extended an provide — relatively than Davis County prosecutors — and needed to take the offer at initially but has appear to reject it, reasoning she is innocent “and that the deaths of her small children have been prompted by the governing administration,” Brass wrote, recalling his shopper saying it was “the to start with time she experienced told any person this,” Brass wrote in a petition for inquiry into competency.
Brass mentioned it can be develop into crystal clear his consumer could not enter a plea that fulfills the prerequisites of proficient, figuring out and voluntary. He’s represented Warhola considering that the commencing of the case, has a superior partnership with her and can “represent to the court in good religion that she is not malingering, he claimed.
“Her fervent perception in her transforming positions tends to make it difficult for her to aid in any way in her protection,” Brass wrote.
The children’s father, Ken Warhola, has named for a prison sentence of at least 25 several years for his previous wife and has explained he fears folks will forget about about his children. He mentioned he believes Sun Cha Warhola had prepared out the children’s deaths.
The kid’s father has stated James cherished Legos and cartoons, though his sister Jean Marie was brilliant and also her brother’s protector.
Warhola returns to courtroom on Nov. 20 for a critique of the competency evaluation.