Northeast Tarrant

Hurst woman, 91, accused in murder is found incompetent for 15th time

Kristal Locke, 91, of Hurst
Kristal Locke, 91, of Hurst Courtesy

For the 15th time since 2003, a 91-year-old Hurst woman accused of killing her neighbor has been found incompetent to stand trial, according to Tarrant County court records.

Kristal Locke, 91, was found incompetent Monday in Criminal District Court No. 297 based on the recommendation of the medical staff at the San Antonio State Hospital, where she has been undergoing treatment the last few years.

Dr. Matthew Hopkins wrote that there had been no significant changes in Locke’s clinical presentation, saying she remains “paranoid, delusional and not competent to stand trial.” Hopkins also said she is still likely to cause serious harm to others.

91 years old, age of Kristal Locke, who is the oldest person under indictment in Tarrant County in a pending murder case.

Locke is the oldest person under indictment in Tarrant County in a pending murder case.

Read more about the state’s competency restoration program.

Locke is accused of fatally shooting her neighbor Linda Porter on April 11, 2003, at a condominium complex in the 600 block of Bellaire Drive in Hurst. According to Hurst police, Locke, then 78, believed that Porter, 55, was trying to steal a man from her.

Porter didn’t know the man, but Locke was fixated on him and had been harassing him for more than 20 years.

In the days before Porter was killed, Locke was banned from the Hurst Community Center after she had an argument with a female employee who Locke believed was trying to have a relationship with the same man.

It costs at least $560 a day to provide an adult with a psychiatric bed at a state hospital, and depending on treatment, the cost can rise to more than $900 a day, according to the Department of State Health Services.

Locke still believes that she shot Porter in self-defense, according to an April report by psychiatrist Vicky L. Litton at the San Antonio hospital.

Asked why she was in the hospital, Locke replied, “I don’t want to remember why I’m here,” according to the report.

Last year after a court-ordered evaluation, a psychiatrist wrote that it “seems unlikely she will ever be able to have her competency restored.”

It costs at least $560 a day to provide an adult with a psychiatric bed at a state hospital, and depending on treatment, the cost can rise to more than $900 a day, according to the Department of State Health Services.

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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