Edmonton

Woman accused of killing mother found unfit to stand trial

Kirsten Lamb, 31, was charged after Sandra Lamb, 49, was found dead inside her Capilano home in November 2010.
Kirsten Lamb, 31, was found unfit to stand trial for second-degree murder in the death of her mother. (Jennifer Poburan )

An Edmonton woman charged with second-degree murder in the death of her mother has been found unfit to stand trial.

Kirsten Lamb, 31, was charged after Sandra Lamb, 49, was found dead inside her Capilano home in November 2010. The older woman was found with her throat slashed and blunt force trauma to her head and neck. 

After deliberating the evidence since late Wednesday morning, a jury determined on Thursday that Lamb was mentally unfit to stand trial.

A psychiatrist believes that Kirsten Lamb is schizophrenic and suffers from delusions. Lamb insists the victim is not her mother.

She believes Sandra Lamb is alive and involved in a conspiracy to persecute her. She believes that she was married to the Crown prosecutor and that he is part of the conspiracy.

Dr. Roger Brown, a forensic psychiatrist that evaluated Lamb, determined that these delusions prevent her from understanding her legal situation. 

"While her understanding of the potential consequences of her proceedings appears adequate, along with her ability to communicate with counsel, her overall understanding of her circumstances is severely compromised by persecutory delusions," he wrote. 

Lamb showed up to the hearing visibly pregnant. The court was told that she is due in early November. The child was conceived while she was a patient at Alberta Hospital. 

She is not on her anti-psychotic medication because of her pregnancy.