A trial date has finally been set for the Carrollton man who was charged with double homicide after allegedly leaving his twin daughters, Alaynah and Ariele, in a hot vehicle for several hours on Aug. 4, 2016.
Asa North’s attorney, Pamela Stephenson, and Senior Assistant District Attorney Jeff Hunt agreed Monday for Judge Bill Hamrick to set the trial date for Feb. 12.
North’s 15-month-old daughters were found unconscious in a car that had been parked in a Carrollton neighborhood. They were later pronounced dead at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton. When the twins were discovered, North was believed to be under the influence of alcohol when his daughters were pulled from the car.
North was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of cruelty to children and one count of purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of marijuana.
The trial was originally set for March of 2017, but North had undergone a psychiatric evaluation that postponed the trial multiple times. Prosecutors had believed that North suffered in the past from mental health problems that call into question his ability to assist his counsel in preparing a defense in this case.
Hunt had said that proceeding with the trial without a determination of competence would be a violation of North’s rights.