23-year-old Sydney Powell has been convicted for the 2020 murder of her mother, Brenda Powell, in Akron, Ohio.
Prosecutors say that in March 2020, Powell struck Brenda Powell in the head with an iron skillet, then stabbed her nearly 30 times in the neck.
She was found guilty on charges of murder, felonious assault, and tampering with evidence.
Powell, who was 19 at the time of the murder, showed emotion, with tears streaming down her face when the verdict was delivered in the Summit County Common Pleas courtroom.
Prosecutors say that Powell was convicted of killing her mother because she had been expelled from college and didn’t want her mother to find out. Brenda, who worked at Akron Children’s Hospital for nearly 30 years, died from her injuries following the attack.
Following her arrest, Powell was diagnosed with schizophrenia by three defense experts who evaluated her. They determined that the mental disorder influenced her actions, and she didn’t comprehend the wrongness of her actions.
In court, prosecutors allowed clinical psychologist Dr. Silvia O’Bradovich to testify in response to the defense’s claim that Powell had schizophrenia.
“The best source of information for an insanity evaluation is what was said and felt at the time of the incident,” said O’Bradovich. “It just didn’t add up to Schizophrenia.”
Assistant Prosecutor Brian Stano said, “Sydney stopped attacking with the pan, presumably went to the kitchen with a knife,” per the Akron Beacon Journal. “She had to switch weapons and keep attacking her.”
“Just the knife just in the neck multiple times? That is purposeful,” Stano added. “That is trying to end someone.”