Patton to undergo mental evaluation

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Exeter woman accused of second degree murder in the shooting death of 45-year-old Kevin Madison has been placed in a Missouri Department of Mental Health facility.

According to Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox, Adella Patton, 44, is undergoing a six-month evaluation "after it was determined she was unable to assist in her defense at this time."

Based on this latest development in the case, no date has yet to be set for Patton's preliminary hear-ing.

Patton was arrested on Dec. 11, 2005, at her home where the shooting occurred. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Madison lying in the yard and Patton holding a rag over a wound on his forehead. Madison was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, Patton and Madison began arguing about deer meat in her freezer. Court records reveal that the argument took place outside Patton's home and that during the argument Madison hit Patton.

Patton then proceeded to go inside her home and retrieve a .22-caliber revolver that she told officers she purchased to protect herself against Madison. Patton allegedly told officers she fired one shot over Madison's head to warn him and then when he advanced toward her, she shot a second time and hit Madison in the forehead.

During a Dec. 22, 2005, bond reduction hearing, Patton's attorney John Lewright made claims that Patton shot Madison in self defense and that Madison had a history of assaulting Patton.

Cox argued at the hearing that four witnesses claimed to have heard Patton threaten to shoot Madison prior to the Dec. 11 incident. He also said that Patton was angry with Madison for going to Arkansas to spend time with another woman.

Judge Michael Garrett ruled that Patton's $250,000 bond would stay in full force. Patton has since been transferred from Barry County Jail to a state mental hospital.

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