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Lawyer: Client has mental illness.

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The suspect in the April 22 fatal shooting of Eugene police officer Chris Kilcullen suffers from "extreme paranoid delusions" - including a false belief that Kilcullen shot out the driver's side window of her car - her attorney said in court documents filed Monday.

Cheryl Dawn Kidd also told her lawyer and a psychiatrist that another officer fired at and struck her Buick Skylark on a previous occasion, defense attorney Gordon Mallon wrote in a motion seeking a court-ordered mental evaluation of his client. Mallon argued that the 56-year-old Springfield woman was not mentally fit to stand trial. He said she is unable to understand the nature of the proceedings against her, unable to assist and cooperate with her lawyer, and thus unable to participate in her defense.

The psychiatrist who examined Kidd in jail Sunday concluded that she has schizophrenia, a condition first diagnosed in her decades ago according to a partial review of her mental health records, Mallon wrote.

He attached to his motion two photos of messages Kidd allegedly wrote on a desk calendar in her Springfield apartment before encountering and shooting Kilcullen during an attempted traffic stop. Among a jumble of scribbled notations was one reading: "bullet-hole inside well of side of Buick."

Later Monday, Kidd made her first public court appearance since being charged with aggravated murder in the case.

Although she didn't speak clearly, the aggravated murder defendant seemed to say, "It's all good, it's all good," as Lane County Circuit Judge Charles Zennach began the brief proceeding in a Lane County Jail courtroom. When the judge read aloud her rights, she mumbled something sounding like, "I'm missing my pills." And as Zen nach explained the charges against her of murder and eluding a police officer, Kidd twice interjected, saying what sounded like, "I had to get to DMV."

The heavy-set defendant appeared disheveled. Her short hair was greasy and stuck up in clumps. She wore her green jail top backwards, so that the letters "LCSO" (for Lane County Sheriff's Office) appeared on her chest rather than her back.

Mallon, appointed by a statewide death-penalty defense panel to represent Kidd, stood at her side. He told Zennach that Kidd would delay entering a plea until a judge has ruled on the motion for a mental fitness exam.

In his motion for a fitness hearing, Mallon said psychiatrist Jerry Larsen based his conclusion that Kidd was schizophrenic on two other factors besides "extreme paranoid delusions." The doctor also cited "grossly disorganized thinking" and an inability to distinguish the past from the present, Mallon wrote.

Defense investigators have so far obtained only some of Kidd's mental health records, Mallon wrote, but they show that she was first referred for a psychiatric evaluation at least 33 years ago and first diagnosed with schizophrenia at least 21 years ago.

Nine plead not guilty in poaching case

Five members of a Springfield family and four others from Springfield were arraigned last Thursday in what may be the biggest ever Oregon State Police poaching case.

All entered not guilty pleas after being arraigned in Lane County Circuit Court on a 103-count poaching and racketeering indictment handed down April 18 by a Lane County grand jury.

Racketeering is a pattern of criminal behavior in which participants collaborate to use the same methods to commit multiple crimes. It is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $375,000 fine.

The indictment accuses the nine of illegally transferring hunting licenses and tags to bag game using the names of people who do not hunt - including some whose personal identification was stolen and used to obtain fraudulent licenses and tags.

An investigation led by Springfield-based Trooper Marc Boyd allegedly revealed a five-year criminal conspiracy to illegally harvest some 300 deer on public and private land in the state's McKenzie wildlife management unit. Elk, antelope and bear were also illegally killed in the scheme, according to state police.

Shane Edwin Donoho, 37, faces the most serious counts. He was indicted on six felonies - one count of racketeering and five counts of identify theft, also a felony and punishable by up to five years in prison and a $125,000 fine.

He also was charged with 73 misdemeanors. They include one count each of second-degree forgery, unlawful hunting of a cow elk, and unlawful possession of a game mammal; six counts of computer crime; and five counts of unlawful taking of big game.

Wildlife offenses are class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and up to $6,250 in fines.

His father, Rory Edwin Donoho, 59, faces one count each of racketeering, unlawful taking of antlerless deer and unlawful loaning of big game tag; two counts of identity theft; three counts of unlawful borrowing of big game tag; and 50 counts of unlawful possession of big game parts.

The Donohos are co-owners of a Springfield-based janitorial firm, Rory's Building Maintenance, according to court records.

Also charged in the indictment:

Gerald Stanton Donoho, 64, Rory Donoho's brother and Shane Donoho's uncle. He faces one count each of racketeering, unlawful hunting of a cow elk and unlawful possession of bear meat.

Laura A. Donoho, 36, Shane Donoho's wife. She faces one count each of racketeering, unlawful loan or transfer of hunting tag, attempted unlawful loan of hunting tag and unlawful take of antlerless deer.

Sandra L. Shaffer, 59, Shane's Donoho's mother and Rory Donoho's ex-wife. She faces one count each of racketeering, unlawful possession of antlerless deer, and attempted unlawful loan or transfer of hunting tag.

Danny M. Hawkins, 60 - one count of racketeering, and three counts of unlawful loan or transfer of hunting tags.

Miguel A. Kennedy, 26 - one count each of racketeering and unlawful loan or transfer of hunting tags; two counts of second-degree forgery; and four counts of identity theft.

Mary S. Normand, 61 - one count of racketeering, and two counts of unlawful loan or transfer of hunting tag.

Shawn Stone, 48 - one count each of racketeering and unlawful taking of cow elk; and two counts of unlawful borrowing of big game tag.
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Title Annotation:Springfield Extra
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 5, 2011
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