Attorney: Napier is severely depressed
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Yesterday in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in the Marengo County Courthouse Murder suspects Michael Landrum entered a plea of not guilty for 4 counts of Capital Murder and Jeffery Napier didn’t appear due to medical reasons.
Defense Attorney Dennis Knizley along with Michael Landrum entered a plea of not guilty for the two counts of Capital Murder during burglary armed with a deadly weapon and one count of the Capital Murder of a child, and the Capital Murder of two or more persons.
Defense Attorney Walter Griess told Judge Eddie Hardaway Jr. that his client, Jeffery Napier was still incarcerated at Tyler Hardin Mental Health Faculty in Tuscaloosa because he was considered a threat to himself. Griess also stated that his client had tests run on him while he has been there and that he suffers from depression.
The depression is so major that he may not be mentally able to stand trial. Attorneys are requesting Napier stay for another 90 days before deciding weather he stands trail for the two counts of Capital Murder during Burglary armed with a deadly weapon.
They also asked that his file be reopened so a private investigator can continue to work his case. Both Landrum and Napier’s charges come from the violent homicides of three-year-old Mikayla Little and her 52-year-old grandmother Ida Little last year.