Attorney says Crystal Boyett showed signs of mental illness at manslaughter trial

Crystal Boyett

An attorney representing Crystal Boyett says a judge was wrong in not allowing a competency hearing her manslaughter trial. He plans to argue that point before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

The court has decided to review Boyett's 20-year sentence for manslaughter in a collision that killed a pregnant woman and her younger sister.

A Hardin County jury convicted Boyett of manslaughter in a 2014 crash in Lumberton that killed 20-year-old Connely Burns, her unborn son and Burns' sister Courtney Sterling.

Boyett's attorney says she was not intoxicated but had been diagnosed with a mental illness prior to the fatal crash and showed symptoms of mental illness during the trial.

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