Driver in fatal crash again found not competent to stand trial 19 Sep 11

A Savage woman accused of driving faster than 100 mph when she caused a crash that killed a young Burnsville boy last summer was found not competent to stand trial for a second time.

28-year-old Leah Graeber was found not competent in March and was sent to the maximum-security psychiatric hospital in St. Peter for further evaluation. On September 2, the court again found her not competent and she will remain at the hospital until her next review hearing February 27.

Graeber’s proceedings will continue to be suspended until she is determined to be competent to proceed.

Graeber was charged in December with one count of criminal vehicular homicide, two felony counts and one gross-misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular operation, and one count of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance in the July 18 crash that killed 11-year-old Joey Balistreri.

She was originally sent to a psychiatric ward at HCMC in Minneapolis last August after she called WCCO-TV and told reporters she is God. Graeber has been committed to Minnesota mental health centers at least six times.