ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Destiny Coulson, charged with shooting and killing her boyfriend, has been ruled incompetent at this stage of her trial.
On Wednesday in the Berrien County Courthouse we found out more about the 17-year-old and her mental illness diagnosis that her attorney, Lanny Fisher, argued is significant enough to affect her murder trial.
"As a defense attorney it's huge," said Fisher. "You need your client to be able to read police reports, give you details, fill in the blanks. At this point she's not able to do that."
Fisher set out to prove that to the judge.
Dr. Jeffrey Kieliszewski, who evaluated Coulson, was the only person Fisher called to the stand.
Kieliszewski said the teenager told him the voices in her head "were distracting."
"During our discussion she talked about hearing voices or auditory hallucinations," said Kieliszewski. "She told me she had been having experiences like this since she was a small girl, and didn't tell many doctors that she had this type of experience."