A psych evaluation requested by the defense team of a driver accused in the deadly crash at the OSU Homecoming parade, stated that she showed “severe signs of mental illness” that would impair her competency.
According to a letter sent to Chambers’ lawyer by the psychologist, the evaluation was conducted at the Payne County Detention Center on Oct. 26, totaling about an hour and half and including a clinical interview, competency evaluation, test of memory malingering, mini mental state examination (second edition,) and attempted completion of the symptom Checklist-90-Revised.
During the examination, Chambers reportedly said that she was “talking to Jesus,” and suggested that the psychologist was Jesus. She also talked about how she was to marry "Jesus" or "God." She was unable to describe why she was in jail, asking, “Is it because of something I didn’t do or did do? I think it’s because of something I didn’t do.”
“It's outlined in there that clearly she's ill and she requires immediate attention. Immediate attention, not delayed, immediate,” Chambers' attorney Tony Coleman said.
The letter stated that Chambers’ speech had a normal rate and volume. Its content ranged from rational and coherent, to disorganized and delusional. Her eye contact was good and her cooperation was excellent. But Coleman said Wednesday, her demeanor was still emotionally flat and her responses when he spoke to her on Tuesday were “inappropriate.”
The document stated that Chambers believed the current year to be 2016. She was aware she was in a detention center, but she was unaware of why she was there, and that she was not grounded in reality. She was frequently making inappropriate religious references.
During the examination, Chambers reportedly said that she was “talking to Jesus,” and suggested that the psychologist was Jesus. She also talked about how she was to marry "Jesus" or "God." She was unable to described why she was in jail, asking, “Is it because of something I didn’t do or did do? I think it’s because of something I didn’t do.”
Chambers indicated during the examination that she had a history of mental health treatment. When the psychologist asked about the reason she sought such treatment, she said, “Because I felt something was wrong. I think God had called me back because he was alone, but he wasn’t alone and he realized it. So now we could be together.”
Chambers told the psychologist she had been sleepless for several nights, presumably before the crash. She said she “didn’t want it to go away” and “chose not to sleep.” She said she felt elated during that period stating she was “communicating with ‘God.'”
The release of the evaluation comes less than 24 hours after search warrants revealed police had searched her car and home for signs of suicidal behavior. They collected a laptop computer, a tablet, an external hard drive and an Xbox One game consol. They also found four handwritten notes.
But Chambers is still facing hard time. She’s been charged with four counts of second degree murder and 46 counts of assault and battery with force likely to produce death. In all, she’s facing a minimum of 270 years behind bars. There was no charge of driving under the influence.
Coleman, however, said the Stillwater Police Department acted without much basis at the time of crash by telling media there was obvious signs Chambers had been driving under the influence.
“The conduct on behalf of the Stillwater Police Department when they initially stated she was driving under the influence was reckless,” he said.
Adacia Chambers will be back in court on Monday where he said he expects any pretrial documents to be sealed.
The Payne County District Attorney’s office filed a gag order Wednesday, but investigators are still waiting on the results of a toxicology test of Chambers’ blood.
Chambers is currently being held on a $1 million bond.