Hearing on status to be held in January
As proof that Barnes was incapable of representing clients, Assistant County Attorney Kevin Stryker noted that a judge already had determined that she was unable to stand trial in the criminal case against her because of her mental state. Her incompetency status was recently reaffirmed in an August hearing in state district court in which she was recommitted to the state hospital for up to another year.
Barnes has approached the equation from the opposite end.
She has contended that because she’d been permitted to continue practicing law, she could not possibly be considered incompetent to stand trial — a determination that finds a defendant incapable of understanding the charges and unable to participate in his or her own defense.
According to both Barnes and Arnold, Barnes’ treatment team at Kerrville has recently determined that she is now competent to stand trial. Barnes said she expects a judge to