Insanity defense considered for McLean mom accused in kids' deaths
McLEAN, Va. - A Virginia woman who allegedly confessed to killing her daughters may plead insanity, but she needs the state to pay for a psychiatric evaluation to help her case.
News outlets report attorney Dawn Butorac told a judge on Tuesday that she's considering the defense for Veronica Youngblood.
Fairfax County Police Detective Craig Guyton has testified that Youngblood initially confessed to drugging her daughters, 15-year-old Sharon and 5-year-old Brooklynn, and shooting them while they lay in bed last summer. Sharon managed to call 911 before she died. Youngblood is charged with murder only in Brooklynn's slaying; That may change after grand jury proceedings.
Butorac said Youngblood's constitutional rights require a mental health evaluation. Judge Bruce White initially denied a request to pay for it, but said he'd consider the new motion.