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Third Psychiatric Evaluation of Dr. Adam Frasch Ordered by Judge

By Julie Montanaro
June 12, 2014

A judge has ordered a third psychiatric evaluation of Dr. Adam Frasch.

Judge Caloca-Johnson says the latest psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Leland found Frasch competent to proceed, with the exception of his ability to testify.

"It's the sort of hairsplitting that as a lawyer I'm not comfortable with," Frasch's attorney John Leace said. "It's unusual to be sort of competent and that seems to be what the evaluation says, 'You're competent for x and y but not z,' and that's what I want clarified."

Frasch currently faces charges of interference with child custody for taking his two young daughters to Panama City despite a divorce court order against it..

Adam Frasch was recently named a suspect in his wife's death but has not been charged.

We learned in court today that competency questions delayed a grand jury review of evidence in that homicide investigation - which was initially set for last week.

Prosecutors say Frasch has a right to testify before the grand jury.

"He (Frasch) has certainly expressed a desire before that he wants to testify at the Grand Jury. As you know, our office is prepared to go forward and we cancelled it based on his wish to testify because we needed to resolve this issue regarding competency before he could do that,' prosecutor John Hutchins said.

Frasch's attorney also asked the court to order the return of electronics and $5000 in cash taken from Frasch's house as well as keys taken from a backpack that Frasch had with him in Panama City when he was arrested.

The judge says she does not have jurisdiction to return the items because they were seized in connection with the homicide investigation.

Steve Andrews - who recently filed a wrongful death suit against Frasch on behalf of his wife Samira's estate - also argued against the return of the items because he feared Adam Frasch's family might try to liquidate her assets.

Another attorney representing Samira Frasch's family was there too.

By Julie Montanaro
June 5, 2014

A Leon County Grand Jury was set to review evidence in the murder of Samira Frasch tomorrow. That has been delayed.

Her husband Adam Frasch is not charged in her death, but prosecutors call him a suspect.

We do not know why the grand jury review was delayed but we will let you know if and when it is rescheduled.

By Julie Montanaro
June 2, 2014

Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman confirms a grand jury will review evidence in the murder of Samira Frasch on Friday.

Cappleman calls Frasch's husband Adam Frasch a "suspect" in her murder.

Cappleman says the grand jury can choose to indict him or take no action at all.

A new grand jury will be sworn in Friday morning and then begin hearing evidence in the case.

Samira Frasch was found dead in the family's backyard pool in Golden Eagle in February. Her husband Adam Frasch was arrested in Panama City later the same day with his two young daughters. He is charged with interference with child custody. He has not been charged in connection with his wife's death.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office classified Samira Frasch's death as a homicide, but has not released any information on the cause of death.

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