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2/11/2005 Mental exam ordered in false Amber Alert case

By BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer

A lawyer applied Thursday for a mental competency evaluation for a Tulsa woman who is accused of making a false report that prompted a massive police search for her infant son.

Lisa Miller has demonstrated "a complete inability to comprehend communications made to her by counsel" and "an inability to help counsel make any decisions in the resolution of her case," says a document filed by defense attorney Patrick Adams.

The issue will delay proceedings for Miller, 29, on three misdemeanors -- one count of false reporting of a crime and two counts of obstructing an officer.

Tulsa County Special Judge David Youll set a hearing for next week to determine whether a psychologist should examine Miller to assess her mental status.

Miller, also known as Lisa Grant, reportedly informed Tulsa police Oct. 6 that her infant son was in her vehicle when it was stolen from a parking lot.

An Amber Alert was issued, and after a massive search, officers determined that the baby wasn't in the van when it was stolen.

Authorities think the false information was included to add urgency to the vehicle search.

In court Wednesday, Miller and Adams indicated that she was going to plead guilty without the benefit of an agreement with prosecutors to govern her sentence.

But Youll declined to accept a plea from Miller after determining that she was not providing an adequate factual basis.

The judge said a trial on the misdemeanors could begin Thursday. But Adams filed a document asserting that Miller "is currently incompetent to undergo further proceedings."

Miller is free on bond.

A bill that would make it a felony to file false reports to activate the state's Amber Alert system passed a Senate panel Wednesday. Amber Alerts activate an early alert system and notify law enforcement officers statewide.

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