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The Plot Thickens

 

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Shortly after the shooting, according to prosecution filings, Reardon called her sister April and said: "I just cannot believe I missed. I will never get another chance." She also is alleged to have said that she "did not think it through good enough because she should have buried [Godfrey] before she tried."

After Reardon was arrested, she was initially denied bail. Then it was set at half a million dollars. Her public defender, Christopher Renna, filed a motion to reduce it, introducing into the court record the letter from Hamberg--and a statement from Zimmerman, her psychiatrist, that promised "there would be no further repetition" of the attack. In rebuttal, the prosecution presented Reardon's letter to "Julie," the journal entry, and the phone call to her sister. The prosecution's brief also pointed out that Zimmerman had written that he could not "determine the psychic contribution to this tragic event" and did not give a specific diagnosis or treatment plan. The prosecution argued that some family members still feared Reardon, and, with numerous friends out of state, she was a risk to flee before trial.

District 14A judge Richard Conlin denied the motion to reduce bond and granted her defense's motion for a psychiatric examination. On November 17, she was found competent to stand trial, and a preliminary exam was set for November 24.

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