BONNER CO., Idaho - The woman accused of killing an elderly Hope woman in 2017 was in court Monday morning.
During Monday's hearing, Judith Carpenter's defense attorney asked for continuance, so she can undergo a psych evaluation. The judge granted the request.
Carpenter, 57, faces first-degree murder charges in the killing of Shirley Ramey.
Ramey was 79 when she was found shot and killed in her home on Trestle Creek Road.
The murder went unsolved for two years. Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler said investigators were able to piece it together through spent shell casings left at the scene.
Shortly after the shooting, Carpenter was arrested in Libby, Montana during a road rage incident. She was taken into custody for that before Ramey's death was reported to police.
Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office confiscated a handgun and rifle from Carpenter. The rifle was not used in a crime, but was identified as being stolen from Ramey's bedroom.
Bonner County deputies found 9mm shell casing at Ramey's home on the day of the crime. Two years later, when a detective with ATF asked if any local agencies had spent 9mm shell casings, authorities were able to link those found at Ramey's home to Carpenter's handgun.
Authorities said the crime appears to be random; investigators have not been able to identify a motive.
Before her arrest, Carpenter had been living in Kootenai County.
Her next court appearance will be in late November.
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