Hospitalization trumps hearing

Wednesday’s preliminary hearing for Geraldine Cherry -- the 50-year-old Upper Roxborough woman charged with killing her elderly blind roommate by stuffing rope down her throat – was postponed because she suffered seizures in prison and was hospitalized.

Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter scheduled July 31 for a status check on the case after defense attorney Fred Goodman said he did not know when Cherry might be released from the hospital.

A spokeswoman for the city prisons said Cherry was taken to an undisclosed area hospital about one week ago after she had the seizure and remains hospitalized.

Cherry was charged with murder on June 20 involving the June 10 death of Kathleen Mcewan, 70, with whom she shared an apartment at the Parker Place apartments.

Mcewan’s death was first believed to be from natural causes until workers at a Willow Grove funeral home, preparing the body, discovered 10 inches of rope stuffed down her throat along with a candy wrapper.

Authorities have thus far not disclosed a possible motive for the killing or the relationship between Cherry and Mcewan.

According to court documents, Cherry is also awaiting a psychiatric evaluation to determine if she is mentally competent to assist in her defense.