Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof last week ordered additional sanity and mental competency evaluations for Michaels, formerly of Xenia, records show. The case’s next court date is Dec. 3.
Defense attorney Jay Adams is seeking the not guilty by reason of insanity plea for Michaels, who was indicted in July on six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
“A family of three lost their lives due to this defendant’s deliberate actions,” according to Flannagan’s statement. “The investigation determined the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time she crashed into the victims’ vehicle head-on.”
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In late August, Dankof ordered the initial evaluations on Michaels to be completed by Sept. 25. The judge signed off on more exams Oct. 16 after a court appearance by Michaels, who is being held in the county jail on a $3 million bond, records show.
County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. has said Michaels deliberately drove the wrong way northbound in the southbound lanes of I-75 in Moraine after pulling over in an emergency U-Turn area on the highway.
Blood-alcohol tests show Michaels was above the legal limit, police records show, but Heck said that was not a factor in the wreck.
A statement from Michaels’ estranged husband on July 8 indicated she told him “I’m going to drive backwards on I-75” just minutes before the triple-fatal crash occurred, according to Moraine Police Division records.
Michaels’ husband said she called him about 8 p.m. March 17 and it appeared she had been drinking.
“Abby insisted on coming over,” police records show.
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