(Updated) Blansett to receive mental competency evaluation; Brown requests gag order

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin has granted a mental competency evaluation request for Lindsey Nicole Blansett, 33, of Wellington, accused of the first degree murder of her 10-year-old son.Blansett’s defense attorney Mike Brown asked the judge this afternoon if his client can have a mental competency evaluation to determine whether she is fit to stand trial and understand the nature of the proceedings. Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said typically an evaluation such as this lasts two weeks.  The hearing review of the evaluation will occur on Jan. 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the courthouse.The scheduling hearing today was a continuation of a first appearance hearing held on Dec. 19. At the time, five days after the alleged murder, Brown said he did not have enough time to review the case or properly visit with his client. This afternoon, Blansett entered the courtroom for the second time since the crime took place in handcuffs and wearing an orange prison suit. The courthouse chambers was packed with reporters and witnesses. The proceeding lasted a mere five minutes. Brown had no comment after the proceeding.Blansett has been charged with first degree murder of Caleb Blansett, a 10-year-old Lincoln Elementary student in Wellington. She is accused of using a rock and knife multiple times leading to his death on Dec. 14, 2014.McQuin stated there is reason to believe that she may be incompetent to stand trial.•••••Gag order requestedIn another aspect of the case, Brown has requested a media gag order which would prevent attorneys from supplying the media with information surrounding the Blansett case.A hearing on the gag order is set for next Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Spencer, in a press conference after today’s hearing stated, he is against the gag order and will ask the judge to dismiss it.“I believe this is a very, very tragic event on society,” Spencer said. “It is important for the public to know that we are handling this as effectively as we can and competently. I feel it is important that the press is involved in the process.”Spencer then said “we will see what the judge says.”•••••No plans to change venueA reporter asked Spencer if he thought there would be a change of venue for a possible trial. Spencer said he does not anticipate so.“This case has garnered statewide attention,” Spencer said. “It would be hard to find jurors who had not heard something about this case in the state of Kansas.” Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down concerned aunt · 292 weeks ago I personally think that the public should know everything that this hideous monster did. I know that I along with others have grieved for this precious dear little boy. Do not hide what this hideous thing did. True we probably do not want to know the details but do not hide it for her sake!!!! Just my opinion. Report Reply 1 reply · active 291 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 291 weeks ago The problem there is that just a small misreporting error could lead to a tainted jury. Some specific details should not be reported on until the trial. Report Reply +5 Vote up Vote down Guest · 291 weeks ago Seriously? A mental competency evaluation? Lets evaluate…if she was competent enough to call 911(after allegedly murdering her son) and give a phony story about intruders breaking into her home then she should be competent enough to stand trial for the crime that she has committed…just an opinion. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down don’t understand · 291 weeks ago This is what was said….”The first degree murder with the aggravating factors is the only crime punishable to death”. Does the court not think when a child is sleeping that is not an aggravating factor…..he was not a danger to the defendant….I don’t understand why she would not be up for the death penalty….let have justice to this innocent child Report Reply 1 reply · active 291 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down concerned aunt · 291 weeks ago I agree with both comments. I think an eye for an eye would might be good enough. She did it she admitted to it no more needs to be said. Now she needs to have her day. I think and pray for dear sweet Caleb everyday. Report Reply +5 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 291 weeks ago One could never convince me that someone who committed this crime could possibly be sane. Regardless of what she said or who she called. Her lawyer is an officer of the court and thereby bound by certain responsibilities. He already stated something like “there is reason to believe she may not be competent…” How about we all – while mourning and missing Caleb – try to let justice do its job here, lest we end up like Texas executing ******ed people, which we do not. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down voodoo child · 291 weeks ago Well so much for the comments section. Slow down and put your torches away and remember our children are watching. Let the process take its course and lets remember why we go to church on Sundays. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down WellDone · 291 weeks ago No sane person could even consider doing that to a child. Still no reason to let a monster off the hook. Caleb deserves justice. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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