Insanity evaluation ordered for Jeffersonville resident

By Ashley Bunton -

A month before trial, a Jeffersonville resident accused of taking marijuana into the Fayette County Jail is being evaluated for insanity.

Kristin N. Kovach, 33, is charged with one count of illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, a third-degree felony. Kovach appeared in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Monday for a final pretrial on the charge with her defense attorney, Kathryn Hapner, who said there is an ongoing evaluation of competency and insanity.

An order for a mental evaluation was filed Aug. 30. Hapner said the psychological evaluation report is not due back from the doctor until Oct. 27. The final pretrial hearing was continued to Nov. 6 at 9 a.m.

Hapner stated in court that Kovach is continuing to see a psychologist and therapist. Kovach stated that she has “mental problems.”

According to court records, Kovach was being booked into the Fayette County Jail June 11 for domestic violence when allegedly a small amount of marijuana was found with her. According to reports, Kovach had already been asked by Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputies if she had any drugs or prohibited items with her prior to being brought into the jail.

In Washington Municipal Court, Kovach’s domestic violence charge was mitigated in July to a disorderly conduct charge, a minor misdemeanor. She was fined $100 plus court costs.

The jury trial in the illegal conveyance case is scheduled for Nov. 21.

By Ashley Bunton

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