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Man accused of murdering mother gets 2nd evaluation

Shane G. Smith
Shane G. Smith

JOLIET – A psychologist will conduct a second evaluation to determine whether a man accused of murdering his mother and dumping her body in the Des Plaines River is fit to stand trial.

During a court appearance Thursday, Shane G. Smith, 34, appeared to understand the conversation between his attorney Michael Renzi and Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes.

The second evaluation will be done by Dr. Randi Zoot, who already examined Smith once. Zoot had decided Smith understood he was facing charges and can work with his attorney to prepare a defense. Renzi said a recent episode may have shown otherwise.

“Just starting to discuss the case with him set him off and he had a panic attack,” Renzi said. Smith became physically ill in the courtroom.

Renzi asked for the second evaluation because of his concerns about Smith’s behavior.

On Oct. 17, 2013, the body of Joan M. Smith was found in the river near Brandon Road. Another relative had reported the 59-year-old Joliet woman missing a few days earlier.

Smith allegedly gave police inconsistent information after her death was discovered and was arrested on charges of murder and concealing a homicide.

Renzi told Alessio-Policandriotes that Zoot’s report is expected to be completed in the next few days.

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