Judge denies release for nurse in deadly Windsor Hills crash

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the nurse charged in the fatal Windsor Hills accident poses a threat to public safety and must remain held in jail while her case progresses.

Judge Victoria Wilson’s decision came after Nicole Linton’s attorneys argued that her client – who is charged with six counts of murder – should be transferred to UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, where they said she could continue to be diagnosed with mental health issues and possible epilepsy are investigated.

But Wilson wasn’t convinced.

“She crashed into two cars and set them on fire. She stole six innocent lives,” the bench’s Wilson said as Linton hung her head behind a glass wall in the courtroom.

In the gallery, family members of some of the victims of the August 4 fatal accident at La Brea and Slauson Avenues applauded the decision to keep Linton behind bars.

“She killed my grandchildren and my daughter. Why would you even defend her?” a woman shouted and left the court while the defense attorneys presented their arguments.

Linton is accused of killing Asherey Ryan, 23; their almost 1-year-old child Alonzo Quintero; as well as Ryan’s fetus. Ryan’s friend Reynold Lester was also killed in the fiery crash, as were friends Nathesia Lewis, 43, and Lynette Noble, 38, who were both in a separate vehicle.

Prosecutors revealed in court filings Friday that Linton was traveling at 130 miles per hour when she went through a red light at the intersection and crashed into slow-moving westbound traffic on Slauson Avenue.

They argued that Linton could receive adequate medical and psychiatric care in prison, that she had a history of aggressive behavior and dangerous driving, and that if released, she could harm others. They also said there was no evidence Linton suffered a loss of consciousness or an epileptic seizure while driving.

“The suggestion that she suffers from mental disorders such as B. having a seizure while maintaining control of a car moving at 130 miles per hour… defies logic,” Deputy Dist said. atty said Antonella Nitorescu.

The defense attorneys disagreed.

“MS Linton is ill and should be in a hospital,” her attorney Halim Dhanidina said Monday. “It protects the public.”

Although prosecutors did not deny that Linton suffered from mental health problems, they said she chose not to take her prescribed medication, which could have prevented a manic episode.

Linton had been off her medication since about 2019, she told California Highway Patrol officers after the accident, prosecutors said.

She said she stopped taking it because it “made her gain weight or sick or depressed,” the judge said.

Linton is scheduled to face charges in her case on Monday afternoon, her attorney said.

If convicted, she faces up to 90 years in prison.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-12/judge-denies-release-for-nurse-in-deadly-windsor-hills-crash Judge denies release for nurse in deadly Windsor Hills crash

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