A North Buffalo mother indicted in the death of her 8-year-old son will undergo a forensic examination to assess her competency to stand trial.
State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns on Wednesday ordered the exam for Jessica Murphy, 29, after an Erie County grand jury indicted her on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Jacob Noe.
Grand jurors agreed that enough evidence exists to try Murphy for stabbing and possibly strangling the boy in their home at 19 Lovering Ave. on May 14. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
The lawyer for Murphy, David Addelman, requested the exam and a prosecutor did not object.
Buffalo police said that as they investigated the killing Murphy told them: “Everyone has to die. He had to die. I am saving him from going to hell,” in reference to the boy. Later, when police sought additional information from her, Murphy said: “How can you ask me this after I just murdered my baby?”
She pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and remained held without bail.