The younger of two teens accused of kidnapping and brutally killing a Wooster woman is scheduled to undergo a mental evaluation on Christmas Day.
Robert Smith III stood alongside his attorney, Ron Davis Jr., before Circuit Judge Troy Braswell Jr. on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing to update court officials on the status of a mental evaluation the defense previously requested the 16-year-old undergo.
The defense counsel filed a motion requesting the Pine Bluff teen undergo an evaluation to determine if he was fit to proceed with trial, citing the boy "displayed unusual and bizarre behavior." The request also asks that Smith receive a criminal responsibility evaluation.
The Tuesday status hearing began just after 8:35 a.m. in Courtroom 3A in the Justice Building on South German Lane.
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews told court officials she recently received a letter from the Arkansas State Hospital stating Smith is currently scheduled to undergo a mental evaluation on Dec. 25.
Because the defendant had not yet been evaluated by State Hospital staff, Braswell scheduled a later pretrial as both the defense and prosecution await the results of the evaluation.
Smith and 18-year-old Tacori D. Mackrell, also of Pine Bluff, are each charged as adults in the July strangulation death of 71-year-old Elvia Fragstein. Both are charged with capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft of property following the Wooster woman's disappearance and death.
Following his Tuesday court appearance, Smith will appear next at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in Faulkner County Circuit Court. His co-defendant -- Mackrell -- is currently scheduled to appear before Judge Braswell on Dec. 18 regarding the aforementioned case.