NEWTON, N.J., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A New Jersey judge must decide whether a woman who refuses to work with her lawyers because she believes God will defend her is competent to stand trial.
Estelle Walker, 50, is charged with starving her children while they were living in a lakefront cabin in New Jersey belonging to her church. She faces four counts of child endangerment.
A three-day hearing in Sussex County Superior Court is scheduled to begin Wednesday, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported. The witnesses include two psychiatrists, one for the defense and one for the prosecution.
Judge Peter Conforti asked Walker why she was not cooperating with her lawyers after they reported she would not talk to them.
"God will defend me," she answered.
Walker, a resident of the borough of Brooklyn, N.Y., moved to the cabin on Lake Hopatcong belonging to Times Square Church in 2005 to get away from an allegedly abusive husband. She refused to move out in 2006, saying God and told her to stay there, and the church moved to evict her.
Investigators said Walker's children often went without food for days at a time.
Conforti found Walker competent to stand trial in October 2007 after a psychiatric evaluation.
Jesus says he will take the case but reminded Estelle that his strategy of being silent in court, other than admitting to who is he, may not work well for her either.