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Judge orders defendant in Joliet murder case to undergo psychological evaluation

A Will County judge ordered a woman charged with fatally shooting a man in Joliet to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine whether she is fit to stand trial.

At Thursday’s court hearing, Stewart Ferreira, the attorney for 19-year-old Tatiyana Brown, asked Judge Dave Carlson to issue an order for her to undergo a fitness evaluation after learning of her mental health issues. Carlson granted the order.

Brown was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Dimitri Allen, 26, on March 25 in the 1100 block of Cutter Avenue.

A grand jury indicted Brown on two counts of first-degree murder. The indictment alleges Brown shot and killed Allen while committing robbery and residential burglary.

Brown’s mother, who asked to not be identified, has claimed her daughter did not kill Allen. She said Allen was killed by one of several men who entered his home to rob him.

She said her daughter was manipulated by a female friend into going to Allen’s home as part of a scheme where the two would pretend they were going to have sex with Allen but instead run off with his money. She said when her daughter received a call from her friend to open the door, she didn’t expect to see several men come inside to rob Allen.

“My daughter did not pull the trigger,” Brown’s mother insisted.

She also said her daughter was a victim in the case because she was also shot and still had bullet fragments lodged in her hand.

Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office found enough probable cause based on the investigation to issue a warrant for Brown’s arrest. Botzum said the investigation of Allen’s murder is still active and police are looking into others who may have been involved.

“The details surrounding Tatiyana Brown’s involvement will eventually come out once the case goes to trial,” Botzum has said.

Ferreira told Carlson he wanted a fitness order for Brown based on his conversations with her, Brown’s mother and Brown’s attorney in a Kendall County court case.

Brown’s mother said her daughter suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. On July 9, she petitioned to become Brown’s guardian in DuPage County because of her mental health issues, court records show.

“She is very vulnerable. She is easy to be taken advantage of,” Brown’s mother said.

Brown was charged in Kendall County with aggravated battery to a police officer after she was arrested by Yorkville police May 24.

Brown’s attorney for that case, Wendell Hayes, said he did request an evaluation for Brown, but she was taken into custody in Will County before it could be completed.

According to Yorkville police reports, Brown kicked an officer in the groin and resisted arrest when officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Colonial Parkway.

The officers asked Brown for her name, but she gave them a different name, according to the police report.

When the officers learned her real name, police dispatchers told them she had an active warrant for her arrest, according to the police report.

After Brown was arrested and placed in a patrol vehicle, she kicked and thrashed about as she was driven to the Kendall County jail, according to the police report.

An officer told Brown to “stop thrashing around and hurting herself,” according to the police report.

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