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Sydney Powell of Akron was found guilty of murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence in the brutal death of healthcare worker Brenda Powell, 50, according to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office. “In March 2020, Powell hit Brenda Powell in the head with an iron skillet and then stabbed her nearly 30 times in the neck,” the office said in a statement. Powell, a former Mount Union University student, sobbed in the Summit County Common Pleas Courtroom after a jury found her guilty Wednesday, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. Police found Brenda inside her home on Scudder Drive with serious injuries on March 3, 2020. Both she and her then-19-year-old daughter were taken to a hospital, where Brenda eventually died. Prosecutors said Powell attacked her mother, a child life specialist at Akron Children’s Hospital, while she was on the phone with officials at her school. During the trial, the defense argued that Sydney suffered from schizophrenia and therefore could not be held responsible for the murder. James Reardon, one of three defense experts who made the diagnosis, said Sydney suffered a psychotic break when she killed her mother, whom he considered her best friend.
Sydney Powell is 23 years old.
But Sylvia O’Bradovich, a psychologist hired by prosecutors, disagreed with the diagnosis and said Sydney did not meet the legal definition of insanity at the time of the crime. O’Bradovich acknowledged that Sydney suffers from mental health issues, including borderline personality traits, malingering and an anxiety disorder, the Beacon Journal reported. Steven Powell, Sydney’s father and Brenda’s husband, and maternal grandmother Betsy Brown had urged prosecutors to reach a resolution without a trial, according to the outlet. But prosecutors said they wanted a jury to decide. “Sydney stopped attacking with the frying pan and presumably went to the kitchen with a knife,” said Deputy Prosecutor Brian Stano. “She had to switch weapons and keep attacking her,” he said, adding that Sydney carried out the fatal attack because she didn’t want her secret to be revealed. “Just the knife in her neck several times? That has a purpose. “That’s trying to take someone down,” Stano said. Defense attorney Donald Malarcik declined to comment after the verdict. Powell’s sentencing is scheduled for September 28. He could receive a maximum of life behind bars with possible parole after 15 years and additional time for sentencing for tampering with evidence.