Prosecutors can seek evaluation of Bozeman murder suspect
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s high court says prosecutors can pursue their own psychological evaluation of a Bozeman man accused of hitting his wife in the head with a frying pan and slitting her throat.
Jake Williams Collins has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in the Jan. 1, 2017 death of his wife, Crystal.
Collins’ defense team obtained a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect, but Judge Holly Brown denied a request by prosecutors to bring in their own mental expert.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the state Supreme Court reversed Brown in a decision handed down July 25.
Justices wrote that the state has the right to evaluate Collins for the limited purpose of rebuttal.
Collins’ trial is scheduled to start August 13. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com