Judge sets deadline for mental health defense in McCafferty murder case

Cheryl McCafferty
Cheryl McCafferty

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NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -- The Fort Thomas mother accused of murdering her husband was in court on Tuesday.

Attorneys for Cheryl McCafferty have until July 25 to tell the court if they will be using a mental health defense.

McCafferty's trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 9.

Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward says that will give prosecutors enough time should they need a doctor to evaluate McCafferty's competency before the trial.

Ward said she doesn't want to delay the trial for McCafferty's benefit.

"I would say that it would be in her very best interest for us to know that info as soon as possible, one way or the other, so we don't continue her trial because I'm sure she wants to have her trial on the ninth of September," said Ward.

In Kentucky, a mental defense doesn't not necessarily imply insanity. It can also involve things such battered wife syndrome or severe emotional distress.

McCafferty has pled not guilty to shooting and killing her husband, Bob, in their Fort Thomas home last June.