Woman's comments to EMS personnel may shed more light in North Naples homicide
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A Collier County circuit court judge has granted the state's request to subpoena the medical records of a North Naples woman accused of murder.
Judge Greg Foster approved the request Monday morning after the state attorney's office submitted a supplemental police report from the Collier County Sheriff's Office that included a detective overhearing comments Amanda Cook made to emergency personnel.
Cook, 35, faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the July 3 death of her roommate, Karen Leiti.
Emergency personnel had responded to the 1900 block of Imperial Golf Course Boulevard after Cook's mother dialed 911 to report Leiti was unresponsive, according to the arrest report.
While Cook told her mother that Leiti had fallen over a speaker during an altercation between them, the medical examiner's office determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the victim's head.
Wound patterns matched the shape of a nearby object in the living room. Blood was also found on the object.
What Cook said to emergency personnel is unknown as Detective Ana Russell, who had been subpoenaed for the hearing, did not testify after the defense did not offer an objection to the state's motion.
The supplemental police report given to Foster to review as part of the hearing is not a public record at this juncture.
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Both the state attorney's office and the Collier County Sheriff's Office could not elaborate on what Russell was going to testify at the hearing, citing the open nature of the case.
Along with medical records from the night of Leiti's death, the motion grants the state the ability to "discuss and communicate" with all medical professionals.
Cook has remained in custody at the Naples Jail Center since her arrest. No bond has been set.
Cook has been arrested multiple times in connection with the harassment of Marco Island City Councilor Jared Grifoni and his family.
Three years ago, a judge issued a no-contact order to Cook concerning the Grifoni family after she showed up at his workplace and home. Cook, who has documented mental health issues since a brain injury in 2003, referred to Grifoni as her "spiritual husband."
That same year, a psychiatrist testified as part of Baker Act proceedings that Cook suffered from spiritual ideations and was a risk to herself or others because she was capable of acting on hallucinations.
Cook was arrested in October 2017 after she showed up again at the Grifoni's home. Cook pleaded no contest to that charge.
Last month, Cook pleaded no contest to misusing 911 after making a false emergency call that resulted in a police presence at Grifoni's parents' home. She was sentenced to time served.