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Drunk-driver case stuck in 'holding pattern'

Perhaps you can recall Karen Greenstein and her killing by a drunk driver at the Phoenix exit earlier this year. I have not seen any update on the status of the perpetrator (from Grants Pass). Would you let me know what is going on? Karen was a neighborhood friend of mine. Thank you.

— Vicki G., via email

Long story, short, Vicki: The case is stuck in what looks like a holding pattern.

"I think that's the best way to describe it," said Jeremy Markiewicz, Jackson County Deputy District Attorney and prosecutor on the case.

Court records show that the suspect in the case, 42-year-old Richard Webster Scott, was ordered to go to the state hospital in July after a hearing in front of Judge Tim Barnack. Markiewicz said this was for the purposes of conducting an "aid and assist" evaluation, the results of which would show whether he's competent to stand trial. He's still at the hospital, and it's not known when the results of his evaluation will be available.

"I can't really comment beyond that," Markiewicz said. 

Scott is suspected of driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 while intoxicated when he slammed into Greenstein, a 911 dispatcher, as she headed home from work in the early morning hours of March 27.  Records show he has since been indicted on charges of first-degree manslaughter, DUII, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

The next pre-trail conference on the case is set for Jan. 5, 2015, records show.

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