Attorneys for suspect in Freeman, Bible case request more time for mental competency evaluation

Competency test delayed for suspect in missing Welch girl's case

TULSA, Okla. — Defense attorneys for Ronnie Busick have requested more time to complete a mental competency evaluation on their client. He is facing charges related to the 1999 disappearance of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible.

Busick appeared in court Friday for a status update on the evaluation, which was approved by a judge in December.

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His attorney says she has selected an expert to do the evaluation. She says Busick was shot in the head in 1978, which may have caused brain trauma. Busick has previously said he can’t remember anything about the girls’ murder or where their bodies are due to past drug use.

The trial will not move forward until the evaluation is complete. Defense attorney Gretchen Mosely said she has not set a date for the evaluation.

Prosecutors say it would be inappropriate for them to try and negotiate or move forward until they know whether Busick has the competency to stand trial or be prosecuted.

The defense is bringing in their own expert. Prosecutors can bring in their own expert as well if they are not satisfied with the results of the first evaluation.

During the hearing, Busick sat just 5 feet away from the family of the girls. Mom Lorene Bible said it took everything in her not to reach over and punch him. She said she sat there on purpose, because she wanted Busick to look at them and know they were there.

The Bible family continues to plead for any information on where the girls are.

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