Plea in Ramey killing slated for Dec.16

By Lyndsie Kiebert
Reader Staff

Judith Carpenter, the Coeur d’Alene woman accused of shooting and killing 79-year-old Shirley Ramey, of Hope, in April 2017, is scheduled to enter a plea Monday, Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. at the Bonner County Courthouse.

Judith Carpenter.

Carpenter was originally expected to enter a plea Oct. 21, at which time her lawyers requested an arraignment continuance in order for their client to undergo a psychological evaluation. Though the original extension request was for a month, court documents show another continuance request on Nov. 6, which District Court Judge Barbara A. Buchanan approved Nov. 12.

Carpenter was arrested Aug. 1 at her Coeur d’Alene home after Bonner County detectives and ATF authorities matched bullet casings gathered from the scene to Carpenter’s 9-millimeter handgun, confiscated in a road rage incident in Libby, Mont., on April 5, 2017 — the same day Ramey was killed. Montana authorities also found a Savage Model 99 rifle in Carpenter’s vehicle during the road rage incident, a gun that Ramey’s husband Daryl noticed missing from their Hope residence after his wife’s death.

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