PBSO deputy’s daughter to undergo mental evaluation before trial

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s daughter charged with accessory after the fact in a 2015 homicide case will undergo a mental evaluation per her attorney’s request.

On Wednesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer granted attorney Michael Salnick’s motion for 18-year-old Kaitlyn Tucciarone to be assessed while she awaits trial.

“I’m interested to know the results of mental health going forward,” the judge said.

On Aug. 28, Tucciarone told investigators she watched her then-boyfriend Mike Cadet shoot Michael Sears, a 31-year-old father of three, then helped him dispose of the body. Sheriff’s deputies said she messaged friends asking them how they should get rid of the body before she and Sears dumped it in a retention pond, according to authorities.

In his motion, Salnick wrote he has “reasonable belief” his client needs to be evaluated by a forensic psychologist, but did not go into details. He wrote the 18-year-old is already receiving treatment for substance abuse since she was released on in-house arrest.

 Tucciarone’s father, Jason, was also arrested in 2015 for battery.

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