Judge: Mom unfit for trial in kids' shotgun deaths

Dec 1, 2011

A southwestern Illinois woman accused in the shotgun deaths of two of her children has, for now, been deemed by a judge to be mentally unfit for trial.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Milton Wharton ruled Thursday he accepts a report by a clinical psychologist who evaluated 25-year-old Yokeia Smith that the woman is unfit to face charges of first-degree murder.

But Wharton's written ruling notes the psychologist finds a "substantial probability" that Smith can be found fit within a year with proper mental-health treatment and medication.

Smith remains jailed on the charges that accuse her of gunning down her 5-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter on Aug. 31 in their East St. Louis apartment.