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Psychologist: Lewellyn fit to stand trial in killing of Sydney Sutherland

After a court-ordered mental forensic exam was held last month, a psychologist says a man charged in the August 2020 death of a Jackson County woman is fit to stand trial, according to Little Rock station KARK.

Quake Lewellyn (pictured above), 28, faces charges of capital murder, kidnapping, and rape in the death of Sydney Sutherland (pictured below), 25. Sutherland’s body was found near her home after a large search.

The Little Rock station quotes a report from licensed forensic psychologist Lacey Willett that stated “…at the time of the alleged conduct, Mr. Lewellyn did not manifest symptoms of a mental disease or mental defect.”

The psychologist also found during the Jan. 7 interview that Lewellyn “…did not lack the capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct,” noting Lewellyn’s ensuing actions — such as his disclosure he hid Sutherland’s body — reflected “…that he knew his conduct could result in legal consequences,” Willett wrote.

Also in the Feb. 3 Criminal Responsibility Evaluation posted by KARK, Willett wrote that after burying the victim, Lewellyn said he “went back to work,” went home, ate supper, and went to bed. In the report, Lewellyn told Willet that: “…he did not tell anyone what happened and ‘just tried to forget about it.'”

For the full KARK posting, click here.


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