Psychiatric exam requested for Karen Sypher - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Psychiatric exam requested for Karen Sypher

Federal prosecutors want a judge to order a psychiatric exam for the woman accused of trying to extort $10 million from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

In a motion filed Friday, prosecutors say Karen Cunagin Sypher may be "so mentally incompetent" that she doesn't understand the legal proceedings or cannot assist in her own defense.

Cunagin Sypher has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort money from Pitino and lying to the FBI. She is accused of demanding college tuition for her children, her house to be paid off and $10 million.

Prosecutors have also asked a judge to order Cunagin Sypher and her attorney not to make public evidence turned over in the case.

James Earhart, Cunagin Sypher's attorney, said he could not comment on the exam motion because he had not yet seen it.

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