WASHINGTON - An attorney representing a Montgomery County mom accused of killing her two children in 2014 has filed an appeal challenging a judge’s refusal to dismiss murder charges against her.
In February, Judge Robert Greenberg denied a defense motion to dismiss murder charges against Catherine Hoggle.
Hoggle was the last person seen with her two children in 2014: a then 3-year-old Sarah and 2-year-old Jacob.
For five years, judges had consistently ruled that Hoggle was “not competent to stand trial.”
During the February competence hearing, her attorney was able to ask for dismissal.
Hoggle has a long history of mental illness.
In the most recent filing, the attorney indicated that the judge made an error because Maryland law forbids the state from holding those who are found incompetent to stand trial indefinitely.