Attorney intends to use insanity defense in Letcher woman’s child porn case

Nicole Suzanne Combs and Eric Banks
Nicole Suzanne Combs and Eric Banks

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Letcher County woman indicted on federal child porn charges back in April has signaled that she intends to pursue an insanity defense.

Nicole Combs, 33, was indicted back in April along with Eric Banks, 46, on a charge of producing child pornography. Combs also faces sex abuse, sodomy and incest charges in Letcher Circuit Court, while Banks is charged with promoting a sexual performance by a minor.

Charges in state and federal courts allege that Banks filmed Combs engaging in criminal sexual activity with a 4-year-old.

On Thursday, a judge granted a request by Combs’ attorney that she receive a psychiatric examination. The attorney noted he had recently learned that Combs had been receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder and depression for more than a year before her arrest.

The examination will determine whether Combs is capable of participating in her defense.

Her attorney also filed notice that he intends to introduce evidence about her mental condition, as it bears on her guilt or innocence or on sentencing if she is found guilty.