State hospital ordered for Sheridan woman in murder case
Instead, Ana Bejenariu, 34, has been ordered by a Placer County Superior Court judge to be committed to
Bejenariu will be examined by a psychiatrist every six months and returned to
Judge Frances Kearney made the order of commitment before a scheduled trial last week on Bejenariu’s mental fitness to have her case proceed. Instead, the next appearance by Bejenariu will come January 14 and deal with placement in a state hospital.
Bejenariu has already been behind bars in Placer County Jail for more than 500 days after being charged with murder in connection with the July 2013 stabbing death of her mother, 61-year-old Maria Bejenariu of
Bejenariu’s recent court appearances have been punctuated by outbursts revolving around requests to be sent to a state hospital and statements that suggested she didn’t understand court proceedings.
Two psychiatric reports were received by
Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Miszkewycz stated that the reports she requested to be sealed included statements on the offense, family history and Bejenariu’s psychiatric background. Miszkewycz added that it appeared the advisory committee under California Rules of Courts “is of the belief that reports are publicly accessible documents.” But she said that statements in the reports “have a high potential to impact a jury pool on the issue of guilt or innocence.”
Diane Apundich, of the Placer County Public Defender, said the records should be sealed and not accessible to the public because of over-riding interests for a fair trial.
“Additionally, the court should consider the public’s interest in protecting the integrity of the judicial process, which would be compromised if records were released,” she said.