FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Marshall County woman pleaded not guilty to capital murder in DeKalb County.
Patty Elaine Westbrook is accused of shooting 74-year-old Boyce Charles “Pete” Batey in March 2011.
He spent several weeks in the hospital and died in hospice care two months after the shooting.
Westbrook, of Arab, appeared before a judge Tuesday morning and entered a plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
The alternative plea allows a jury to find her not guilty even if the evidence shows Westbrook committed the crime, if it is determined she was suffering from a mental disease or defect at the time.
Investigators said Westbrook shot Batey during a robbery after she asked him for a ride from the Shell station in Geraldine, near his home in the Whiton community.
He agreed, but investigators said Westbrook told him to pull over near Macedonia Baptist Church.
Officials said she shot him in the chest and took his truck, leaving Batey wounded in the road.
Guntersville police arrested Westbrook later that day at a dollar store.
A clerk called police to report Westbrook for shoplifting, and investigators found Batey’s truck in the truck parking lot.