MEDIA, Pa. -- The woman described as 'Ms. Rambo' is competent to stand trial for killing three people and wounding seven others in a shopping mall shooting spree, a judge ruled today.
Sylvia Seegrist, 25, of Crum Lynne, Pa., was charged with three counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder in the shootings last October at a suburban Philadelphia shopping mall.
At a hearing today, Delaware County Judge Robert Kelly issued the ruling after hearing a report from three psychiatrists.
'My conclusion is at the present time she is competent to stand trial and the other psychiatrists agree with me,' said Dr. James Ewing, the court appointed psychiatrist.
Seegrist, dressed in combat fatigues, allegedly stalked through the Springfield Mall on Oct. 30, firing randomly at shoppers with a .22 caliber rifle before a volunteer fireman wrenched the gun from her hands.
Workers said she was known at the mall as 'Ms. Rambo' because of her style of dress, loosely based on the movie character 'Rambo.'
Seegrist was found mentally incompetent to stand trial during a hearing in December, but state law required that she be re-evaluated every 90 days.
Seegrist, who wore a dark striped blouse and maroon slacks, was led into the courtroom by several sheriff's deputies and sat quietly at the defense table throughout the proceedings, turning only once to glance around the room.
She had been evaluated Tuesday at Norristown State Hospital by Ewing and Dr. Park Dietz and Dr. Robert Sadeoff, the psychiatrists who represented the defense and the prosecution.
Ewing cautioned there was no way to predict Seegrist's ability to withstand the stress of a trial. He also said her condition could be affected by the stress of waiting for a decision on whether she would stand trial.
'Based upon the report of Dr. Ewing and the concurring reports of Dr. Dietz and Dr. Sadeoff, this court enters an order that Sylvia Seegrist is competent to stand trial and we remove any stay of criminal proceedings,' Kelly said. 'That order will be signed today.'
No date for a preliminary hearing was set before the court recessed.