DA drops opposition to request for sanity hearing in Webb trial

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

The District Attorney’s Office on Friday withdrew its opposition to Carl Webb Jr.’s defense attorney’s request for a sanity

commission.

Webb, 35, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of his 75-year-old grandmother, Helen Webb.

Judge Clayton Davis on Wednesday denied

defense attorney Michael McHale’s request because a sanity hearing had

not been requested

in the two years the case has been ongoing and because Webb has

already stood trial on weapons charges.

McHale was assigned to the case in

August when he entered into a contract with the Public Defender’s Office

as its life-without-parole

conflict attorney.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Carla Sigler

gave three reasons for the state’s withdrawal of its opposition: the

serious nature

of the charges; because McHale felt a sanity hearing was necessary

based on his conversations with Webb; and to avoid a possible

reversal of a verdict.

Webb is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 22, but the sanity commission must be completed before the case can proceed.

Webb is currently serving 65 years in prison after being found guilty in April of three counts of possessing stolen firearms

and one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.