Greenback murder trial delayed another month

Johnnie Greenback.

The murder trial of a Canyon Country woman accused of killing her brother two years ago, and who was declared incompetent to stand trial last April, was delayed another month on Tuesday.

Jessica Paige Greenback, 25, appeared Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court only to be ordered to appear back in court on April 18, according to Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Greenback was arrested Feb. 8, 2015, on suspicion of murder and has remained in custody with bail set at $6.15 million in one of the Santa Clarita Valley’s eight domestic violence-related homicides that year.

A criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office alleges Greenback shot and murdered her brother, then tried to murder her father and a family friend in the apartment the family shared on Danielson Street in Canyon Country.

The complaint against Greenback also includes a charge of child abuse for allegedly exposing a child, her younger sister, to the shootings.

In March 2015,  Greenback’s attorney “raised a doubt about her mental health,” the prosecutor at the time said.

Greenback was transferred to the Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino for psychological assessment. The mental health assessment was ordered under section 1368 of the California Penal Code, the prosecutor said.

She was declared incompetent to stand trial in late April 2015, but by Oct. 13, 2015, her criminal case resumed “when it was found she was competent to assist in her defense,” District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.

In November 2016, Greenback was ordered to stand trial for murder.

The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Greenback is alleged to have shot her brother, Johnnie Greenback, and father, Sonny Greenback, each in the head, according to court documents and a homicide detective who investigated the case.


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