Day 3: Competency hearing continues for Angelina County woman charged in nephew’s drowning

WEBXTRA: Day 3: Competency hearing continues for Angelina County woman charged in nephew’s drowning

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The competency hearing for the Angelina County woman charged in her nephew’s death entered its third day Thursday morning.

A chief detective in the care told the jury Thursday morning that she put a female, Billie Jean Cuttler, in her custody in 2015.

The detective said when in custody, Cuttler voluntarily told the detective “that they want to ask me questions because of what my boyfriend did.”

Billie Jean Cuttler Hearing
Billie Jean Cuttler Hearing

A Louisiana police officer and a sergeant said they had no intent to interrogate Cuttler in the case. He said he explained Cuttler’s rights to her.

This is the second competency trial for Billie Jean Cuttler. She and Bobby Woods Jr. were originally charged with capital murder in the 2015 death of Mason Cuttler.

In court Wednesday, a forensic psychologist Wendy Elliott told the jury in her expert opinion, Billie Jean Cuttler is not competent to stand trial. She told the jury that in her interactions with Cuttler, she found Cuttler to hold discussions at a very basic level and had several gaps in her understanding.

According to an arrest affidavit, Woods told investigators he took Mason to a pond near their home, pushed him into the water, watched him as he began to drown and made no attempt to rescue him, despite Mason’s cries for help.

This week’s competency hearing is being held to determine if Cuttler is able to understand and participate in court proceedings. A forensic psychologist called as a witness for the defense testified Wednesday that in her expert opinion, Cuttler is not competent to stand trial.

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