UPDATE: Ashlee Martinson pleads not guilty; mental disease, defect
UPDATE: Ashlee Martinson, the teenager charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide and three counts of false imprisonment, was arraigned in Oneida County court Monday afternoon, via video teleconferencing from the jail, with attorney Amy Ferguson.
Martinson said nothing as Ferguson spoke for her client, issuing five pleas of not guilty, coupled with not guilty by mental disease or defect. The court has given both the defense attorneys and district attorney ten days in which to present potential physician/psychological examiners for Judge Bloom’s consideration. He will then make the appointments.
A status hearing is scheduled for the end of September. Martinson remains jailed.
Martinson is charged with the murders of her 40-year old mother, Jennifer Ayers and 37-year old step-father, Thomas Ayers in March. She allegedly locked her three sisters in a room and fled the state with her boyfriend, Ryan Sisco. She was apprehended in Indiana the next day, and following an extradition hearing, was returned to Oneida County.
According to Oneida County records, Ashlee Martinson, the 17-year old accused of killing her mother and step-father, will plead not guilty, and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
This type of defense would rely on medical testimony indicating that Martinson did not know right from wrong at the time of the killings.
She is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon. Her attorney has filed intent to make the not guilty pleas.
Martinson is facing two counts of first degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 40-year old Jennifer Ayers and 37-year old Thomas Ayers, and three counts of false imprisonment for locking her sisters in a room in early March at the family home near Rhinelander. She remains jailed in Oneida County.