Amite woman accused of killing her brother in 2014 may never be mentally competent to stand trial, lawyer says _lowres

Daryl Lynn Hill

A woman accused of murdering her brother, whose death led to the discovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in counterfeit cash, may never be mentally competent to stand trial.

Daryl Lynn Hill, 65, was scheduled for a sanity hearing in Tangipahoa Parish court Wednesday, though she did not personally attend, remaining in the forensic unit of the East Louisiana State Hospital near Jackson, a mental health facility.

“She still hasn’t been restored (to competency),” said Allen Harvey, an assistant public defender.

Psychiatrists believe it is possible that she may never be fit to defend herself in court against a count of second-degree murder, he explained after court. However, the court will review the case again Dec. 1.

Harvey declined to discuss any of Hill’s particular diagnoses or symptoms, saying it would be inappropriate because he is not her doctor.

In March of 2014, police were called to South Second Street in Amite where Alfred Hill lived on a property next to his sister’s.

Daryl Lynn Hill walked outside to Alfred Hill’s home armed with a pistol, Amite Police Chief Jerry Trabona said at the time. Alfred Hill apparently thought the gun was a toy and laughed, then she shot him.

Daryl Lynn Hill hid in her home in a standoff with law enforcement. After three hours, the sheriff’s deputies threw tear gas into the home, prompting her to call 911.

During the investigation, authorities found $421,000 in counterfeit cash of varying quality in Alfred Hill’s home, as well as four printers, but did not think they were linked to the shooting, Trabona said in 2014.

On Wednesday, Trabona and the New Orleans branch of the Secret Service, which investigates counterfeit operations, did not return calls seeking current information on the case.

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