Des Moines woman found competent to stand trial for racially motivated hit-and-runs

Nicole Marie Poole Franklin (Courtesy image)
Nicole Marie Poole Franklin (Courtesy image)(KCRG)
Published: May. 20, 2020 at 8:07 AM CDT
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A Des Moines woman

because of their race in hit-and-run crashes is competent to stand trial.

This is according to court documents on a psychiatric evaluation for Nicole Poole.

Poole is charged with attempted murder after police say she intentionally ran over a Hispanic girl and black boy near Des Moines-area schools last December.

She is also charged in connection with an outburst at a convenience store in West Des Moines on the same day.

She was originally supposed to stand trial in February, but a judge suspended the proceedings after determining she was incompetent to stand trial. Poole was ordered to receive treatment.

A hearing is now scheduled for May 28th.

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