A Kansas City, Kan., woman charged with manslaughter in the traffic death of a teenage girl was ordered Friday to undergo an evaluation to determine if she is competent to stand trial.
Tamika Pledger is charged in the January 2015 death of 17-year-old Tierra Smith and injuries to three other teens struck by a car driven by Pledger.
The competency evaluation was ordered after a hearing last week in Wyandotte County in which Pledger said she didn’t understand the charges she faced.
In ordered to be competent to stand trial, a criminal defendant must be able to understand the nature of the charges and be able to assist in her own defense.
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The defense and prosecution were given until March 10 to submit the names of doctors to perform the evaluation.