Evaluation ordered for woman charged after mother's body found in garage
BY JERRY FINK World Correspondent
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
EUFAULA — A woman charged with desecration of a human corpse after her mother’s body was found wrapped in a sheet in a garage in November will be sent to the Oklahoma Forensic Center for a mental evaluation.
At a Wednesday hearing, McIntosh County Associate District Judge Jim Pratt ordered that Shelly Maytubby, 52, be taken to the Vinita hospital and that the results of the examination be returned to him no later than Jan. 30.
Pratt said that if necessary, a competency hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 20.
Maytubby was arrested Nov. 27 after sheriff’s deputies found the body of Erlene McCune, 79, hidden in the garage.
Officers began looking for the woman several days earlier, after family members became concerned when they couldn’t reach her.
Maytubby had checked McCune out of an assisted living facility in Lawrence, Kan., two months before she was reported missing.
Assistant District Attorney Crieg Rittenhouse said the medical examiner has not released a cause of death for McCune, who suffered from dementia.
He said Maytubby claimed her mother died for an unknown reason and that she didn’t want to take her to a funeral home.
Maytubby’s bail was set at $50,000 and a hearing set for Jan. 23 has been put on hold pending the result of the mental examination.