Murder trial of Canyon Country woman put off again

Johnnie Greenback.

The murder trial of a Canyon Country woman accused of killing her brother two years ago has been put off yet again as the elusive court case moves two and half years from the time of the shooting.

It will August now when Jessica Paige Greenback, 25, appears back in San Fernando Superior Court for another pre-trial hearing. The earliest the actual murder trial could begin in earnest would be this fall.

Greenback appeared in court Monday charged with the murder of her brother Johnnie Greenback and the attempted murder of her, Sonny Greenback.

She was ordered to appear back in court Aug. 4, Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told The Signal Monday.

The 5-foot-9, 150 pound woman was arrested Feb. 8, 2015, on suspicion of murder and has remained in custody with bail set at $6.15 million.

A criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office alleges she 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.

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