ELLSWORTH – Pierce County Judge Joe Boles, presiding over the case of the state vs. Kari Jo Milberg, ruled that Milberg is competent to stand trial accused of reckless driving and negligent homicide in the death of her daughter and two nieces in a two-vehicle accident in Oak Grove Township back in December of 2013.
Judge Boles ruling was issued Friday afternoon and it was in regards to a defense notion which stated the traumatic brain injury Milberg suffered in the crash (which also injured her son as well) caused amnesia about the incident which would not allow her to aid in her own defense. The defense had an expert witness, Dr. Brian Stress of Eau Claire, testify to this earlier in the week.
However, Judge Boles, while acknowledging Milberg’s amnesia, said she is competent to understand the trial proceedings and the defense could make a motion, if she’s found guilty, of not being able to receive a fair trial due to her condition on appeal. Milberg has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Milberg’s trial is set to begin later this month.
For more on this story and the hearings in the case which took place last week, read the print edition of the Prescott Journal, on newsstands and around town on Wednesday.