FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF)- A DeKalb County woman will go to trial, after
a jury found Tuesday she is competent to stand trial for capital murder.
The jury decision was a relief for family
members who said they have waited three years for justice.
After deliberating for 30 minutes, a jury
found 39-year-old Patty Elaine Westbrook competent to stand trial for the
murder of 70-year-old Pete Batey.
Investigators said Westbrook shot Batey to
death as he was giving her a ride in March 2011 outside of Geraldine. They
believe Westbrook took off with Batey's truck and money from his wallet before
being caught in neighboring Marshall County.