Woman found unfit to stand trial
TUSCOLA — A Teutopolis woman charged with trying to hire someone to murder her ex-boyfriend has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.
That means Jennifer D. Inman, 31, will remain in the Douglas County Jail until there is an opening in a program to treat her.
A Douglas County judge last week accepted a stipulation by Inman's attorney, Jim Lee of Tuscola, and State's Attorney Kevin Nolan, agreeing that Inman is not fit to stand trial on a charge of solicitation of murder for hire.
Inman was arrested in August for allegedly trying to hire a man in Tuscola to kill Louis J. Thursh, 51, of Champaign, the father of their son.
Lee filed a motion in early September asking that Inman be examined for sanity and fitness to stand trial.
The latter standard involves whether she can understand the proceedings against her and cooperate with her attorney in the preparation of her defense.
The evaluation done by a Springfield doctor regarding her sanity was ordered impounded by Judge Mike Carroll.
The Department of Human Services is responsible for finding a program where Inman can be treated. The attorneys agreed that there is a "substantial probability" that Inman can attain fitness within a year.
Carroll set a review hearing for Feb. 5.