By Joyce Hensley

Staff writer

PENDLETON — Lawyers for Kathleen Ruth Blankenship will employ an insanity defense for the woman accused of killing her husband in their home on Cooney Lane on April 6.

Doug Fischer, a court-appointed lawyer for Blankenship, 38, announced during a hearing last Tuesday in a Umatilla County Court room that the Intermountain Defender’s Office intended on introducing expert testimony on a lack of intent, extreme mental and emotional disturbance and insanity.

The defender’s office filed these notices April 17 with the Umatilla County Court.

Blankenship has been lodged in the Umatilla County Jail with no bail on charges of intentional murder of her husband, Walter Blankenship, 44.

“I don’t think she has a leg to stand on,” said Walter’s sister, Mary Kligel, after the hearing. “She can try all she wants — it won’t work. She isn’t insane. She did too much planning. She deserves everything she gets. It’s devastating. It’s been so hard on our mom and dad. It’s hard to get over. And to think she still carries the Blankenship name.” (For the rest of the story, see the May 8,2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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