EDWARDSVILLE — Psychological products and services for two large-profile 2019 murder situations have been authorized by the Madison County Board’s Judiciary Committee on Friday.

Madison County Community Defender Mary Copeland requested a psychological analysis for Brittany N. McMillan, 29, of Birmingham, Alabama. She has been charged in the Dec. 19, 2019 fatalities of Shari Yates, 59 her son, Andrew “AJ” Brooks, 30 and John McMillian, 32, in Bethalto.

Copeland also sought a psychological evaluation for Zachary I. Capers, 26, of Collinsville, accused in the March 18, 2019 deaths of Michael and Dr. Lois Ladd of Edwardsville.


Caper’s demo is set for December. McMillan’s demo is tentatively established to commence Jan. 24, 2022.

Killian and Associates — a mental wellness group primarily based in Springfield, Illinois — would conduct the assessment of McMillan. Pocket Pro Forensic Consulting LLC, no handle cited, would deliver solutions for Caper.

The two requests now go to the Madison County Finance Committee just before last approval by the Madison County Board.

Brittany McMillan and Brady K. Witcher, 42, each of Birmingham, Alabama, have been billed in the Dec. 19, 2019, deaths of Yates, Brooks and John McMillian.

Authorities allege McMillan and Witcher killed a female in Alabama on Dec. 13, 2019, ahead of keeping a Nashville, Tennessee, couple from their will and driving their truck to Bethalto. There, authorities allege, Witcher killed the Bethalto people and Brittany McMillan took Yates’ Ford Emphasis, which was afterwards discovered at a motel in Hazelwood, Missouri.

Brittany McMillan has a pre-demo convention set for Sept. 14 in front of Circuit Choose Kyle Napp. She has been billed with 9 counts of initial-diploma murder, all Course M felonies, and a person depend each individual of armed theft and aggravated vehicular hijacking, both of those Course X felonies. The many 1st-degree murder costs account for diverse theories related to the killings.

Witcher’s trial was scheduled to start off Sept. 13 but, in accordance to court paperwork, he has been hospitalized. A pretrial meeting was held Sept. 3. He faces the similar costs as Brittany McMillan, in addition to unlawful possession of weapons by a felon, a Class 2 felony.

The two are staying held without bond.

Capers is billed with various felonies in the fatalities of Michael Ladd, 79, a community contractor, and his spouse, Dr. Lois Ladd, 68. The two ended up located lifeless at their residence at about 10:30 a.m. on March 18, 2019.

Edwardsville Police have been contacted soon after an personnel at Dr. Ladd’s chiropractic place of work identified as law enforcement when she failed to report for work. Police responding to the household, close to a wooded residential spot north of downtown, identified the couple dead in their home. The Significant Scenario Squad of Larger St. Louis was contacted for support into the investigation.

Capers faces 4 counts of very first-diploma murder, all Class M felonies. He is also becoming held without the need of bond.