QUINCY (WGEM) -- A Quincy woman facing four counts of first-degree murder after a fatal car crash in August of last year was granted funds to hire a psychiatrist, according to court records.
Earlier this month Natasha McBride's attorney Todd Nelson filed a Motion for Funds to Obtain Expert.
Nelson's motion stated that police reports and medical records describe certain behaviors and statements by McBride immediately before and after the time of the alleged offenses. Those behaviors and statements suggest McBride's sanity is likely to be a significant factor at trial.
The motion went on to state that McBride will need a psychiatrist to conduct an appropriate examination and since she indigent and being represented by appointed counsel, she cannot afford to pay for an expert.
Judge Scott Larsen approved the motion Wednesday morning.
Prosecutors claim McBride's "intentional acts" resulted in a fatal multi-vehicle traffic crash on August 14, 2020 that killed four people and injured another.
Police said McBride was driving at a very high rate of speed, failed to stop at the stoplight at 4th and Broadway, and struck a vehicle driven Stephen Hendricks, 61, of Rushville, Illinois.
Hendricks was transported to Blessing Hospital with moderate injuries.
Police said Hendricks' wife, Jennifer, 54, of Rushville, and their grandson four-year-old Archer Corrick of Kirksville, Missouri, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Their other grandchildren, six-year-old Dakota Corrick of Kirksville was pronounced dead at Blessing Hospital and 21-month-old Ransom Corrick of Kirksville was pronounced dead at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Police said McBride ran on to the Bayview Bridge after the crash, but she was eventually caught by officers.
Following the crash McBride was transported to Blessing Hospital to recover from her injuries and later booked into the Adams County Jail.
Read the motion below:
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