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Ex-Lemoore Councilwoman Blair found not mentally competent to stand trial

Former Lemoore City Councilwoman Holly Blair was found to be mentally incompetent and ineligible to stand trial on a litany of felonies stemming from two incidents over the summer.

The ruling, issued by Kings County Superior Court Judge Randy Edwards on Wednesday, was first reported by The Hanford Sentinel.

In his ruling, Edwards ordered Blair be administered anti-psychotic medication while incarcerated at Kings County Jail with or without consent.

He also ordered Blair be examined by a neurologist to rule out any physical conditions, such as a brain tumor, that could have affected her behavior during the two incidents.

Blair was arrested on June 5 for launching a high-speed pursuit with police officers through the city of Lemoore and nearly hitting a child with her car.

After bailing out from Kings County Jail on the four felonies and three misdemeanors stemming from the pursuit, Blair was re-arrested in July on suspicion of domestic battery, attempted criminal threats, dissuading a witness, and violation of a protective order following an incident with her husband.

A community program director is expected to assess Blair and determine whether she will be eligible for outpatient or inpatient mental health services.

That director is expected to provide a report ahead of Blair’s next court appearance on Oct. 29.

The San Joaquin Valley Sun
Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.