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Monday, November 27, 2017 11:50 am

Pasztor's lawyer wants expert to review exam records

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A lawyer for a Fort Wayne woman accused of shooting to death a former neighbor wants an expert to review records from psychological examinations conducted during a separate court case in which she admitted to killing her two children. 

Public defender Randall Hammond asked an Allen County judge on Monday to approve a psychiatric examination for Amber Pasztor, who faces a murder charge in the killing of Frank Macomber, 66, in September 2016.  

Pasztor, 30, underwent three mental health evaluations to determine whether she could assist with her defense in Elkhart County, where she pleaded guilty to killing Liliana Hernandez, 7, and Rene Pasztor, 6.

She abducted the children from her father and stepmother's Goshen Road home in Allen County Sept. 26, 2016, and drove them to Elkhart, where she told a city police officer her dead children were in the back seat of the car she was driving. She had smothered them to death. 

She was sentenced to 130 years in prison. 

Hammond said many of the records should be examined before a trial for the Allen County murder case begins. The expert also will examine Pasztor, he said.  

Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck approved the request and set a trial date for May 15. 

Pasztor said she killed Macomber because he was working with cartels and she wanted to send a message to them "not to mess with her," according to court documents. She used Macomber's car to drive to Elkhart. 

Macomber died from a gunshot wound to the torso, an autopsy found. 

mleblanc@jg.net