GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – Cascade County prosecutors have refiled a deliberate homicide charge against a Great Falls woman who was found unfit to stand trial in her mother’s 2017 beating death due to a mental illness that causes delusions.
County Attorney Josh Racki told the Associated Press he refiled the charge Monday against Pamela Jean Courtnage after hearing she may be due to discharge from the state psychiatric hospital.
District Judge Elizabeth Best ordered Courtnage to undergo a new evaluation at the Montana State Hospital.
Courtnage was initially charged in May 2017 with the death of 69-year-old Katherine Courtnage of Big Sandy.
In September 2017, a judge ruled state hospital staff could medicate Courtnage involuntarily.
Three medications failed to improve her condition enough that she could help with her defense and she was declared unfit to stand trial in September 2018.