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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 1:00 am

Another mental test for Pasztor

Mom on trial in death of neighbor

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 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 Sept. 26, 2016, and drove them to Elkhart, where she told police her dead children were in the back seat. 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 Court 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 “not to mess with her,” according to court documents. She used his car to drive to Elkhart.

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

mleblanc@jg.net