(MARION, IL) — The attorney representing a Johnston City woman accused of stabbing 66-year-old Barbara Beers several times, murdering her in November of 2013 asked a Williamson County judge Monday for a continuance of the trial slated to begin Tuesday. The Southern Illinoisan reports Public Defender Alex Fine told Judge Phillip Palmer he needed more time to see if 32-year-old Tamara J. Williams was insane when the murder happened. Fine says he is planning an insanity defense and that Williams’ evaluation is very important to his case. The state did not agree with the continuance saying enough time has passed to complete the psychological exam. Judge Palmer did not rule on Fine’s motion. Fine wants the trial moved to late January or early February. Palmer says both sides could need more time to amend their cases depending on what the examination finds. Williams allegedly stabbed Beers, who was also from Johnston City, several times on Nov. 15, 2013. Beers’ body was found the same day in a yard by a resident on McInturf Road just south of Marion. Williams, who faces four counts of murder in Beers’ death, was found the next day with Beers’ vehicle in Tennessee.

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