Attempted murder suspect’s trial on hold |

Attempted murder suspect’s trial on hold

Martha McCary.
Nevada County Sheriff’s Office |

Criminal proceedings have been suspended against a woman accused of attempted murder, after her attorney told a judge he did not believe she was not mentally competent.

Martha McCary, 58, was charged with attempted murder, criminal threats, assault with a firearm and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence in connection with a family dispute gone awry on Oct. 27, 2015.

McCary allegedly fired three shots at Susan Jones with a .32-caliber pistol after a dispute at a residence on the 10000 block of Flume Street.

The shots hit Jones in the abdomen and the arm. She sustained what were reported to be superficial gunshot wounds and opted against medical treatment.

Jones testified during a Dec. 15 preliminary hearing that McCary ran for a gun and threatened to kill her, after an argument began between Jones and Dennis McCary.

The alleged victim also said she and the McCarys, who lived in a trailer on the adjoining parcel, have been involved in an ongoing property dispute.

“She said she was going to kill me,” Jones testified in Nevada County Superior Court. “I said, ‘Are you going to shoot me?’ And she did.”

Jones said she heard two shots but didn’t feel a shot hit her, although she said she saw her sweatshirt “poof” up. She described her primary emotion as rage, adding, “I was in extreme survival mode.”

According to Jones, Martha McCary dropped the gun and she “jumped” her, and the two women began wrestling on the ground.

McCary’s trial was set to start June 7. In court Friday, defense attorney David Silber told Superior Court Judge Jane York Punneo that he did not believe McCary was competent to stand trial.

Punneo suspended proceedings and vacated the trial, appointing a psychiatrist to examine her. A hearing was set for June 17.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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