Woman accused of killing former son-in-law to undergo mental evaluation

Annette “Anne” Fisher

A Bowie County judge granted a defense motion for a mental evaluation Thursday in the murder case of a Texarkana grandma accused of gunning down her former son-in-law in July.

Annette Fisher, 53, sat with her attorney, Mark Lesher, at a competency hearing Thursday morning before 5th District Judge Bill Miller at the courthouse in New Boston, Texas. Lesher filed a motion last month which alleges Fisher may be having “delusions,” because she believes members of law enforcement have tried to interrogate her in jail. According to the motion, Lesher has determined no members of law enforcement have attempted to interview Fisher as she claims.

Miller granted Lesher’s request for the mental evaluation by a licensed psychologist. At the hearing Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle said he wants his office to be able to have Fisher evaluated by a different mental health expert if the state disagree with the opinion of Lesher’s chosen psychologist.

Fisher is accused of shooting her former son-in-law, Russell Scott Cain, nine times July 22 in the parking lot of Pete Mankins Used Car Center. According to a probable cause affidavit, Fisher claims she was motivated to kill because she thought Cain was abusing her grandson. Russell Cain received custody of his son, approximately three years old, and infant daughter when he and Fisher’s daughter, Elizabeth Cain, divorced in May. The children continued to spend time with Fisher.

Fisher was arrested within minutes of the shooting and has been in jail since. Bail is $1 million. If found guilty of murder, Fisher faces five to 99 years or life in prison.

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