Chesapeake woman ‘competent’ enough to stand trial for her mother’s murder

Posted at 6:19 PM, Nov 07, 2014

Chesapeake, Va. - Do you still love me?

Prosecutors say that’s what Rachel Hutson asked her father while sitting in the back of a police cruiser.

Hutson was 19 years old when she was charged with murdering her own mother Susan Hutson.

It happened at their Osborn Avenue home on Black Friday last year.

According to the medical examiner's report, 58-year-old Susan Hutson died from a shotgun blast to the chest at close range.

A search warrant states Hutson then called her father after the killing and sent him a photo of her mother's body to prove it.

Last year, Defense Attorney Erik Porcaro told NewsChannel 3 the teen had a history of mental illness that had gone undiagnosed for years.

Chesapeake court documents show Hutson was admitted to Central State Hospital this summer.

In a letter to the judge in September, hospital officials said they found "little evidence of psychotic symptoms."

The letter states that Hutson had the ability to control her outbursts of “impulsive," "aggressive” or “destructive” behaviors when she chooses. Health officials also said Hutson understood the charges against her and was aware that the outcome of her case will have an impact on her future.

This week, a Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge ordered that Hutson is competent enough to stand trial now. But court documents show her attorneys plan to argue she wasn't in the right state of mind on the day of the murder.

As Hutson sat in that police cruiser on the day of her arrest, prosecutors say her father told her he still loved her. She responded “Sorry.”