DA drops opposition to request for sanity hearing in Webb trial

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.