In a move that should not really have come as a surprise to anyone, a former cast member of Captain America: The First Avenger has chosen to provide her own legal representation in her murder case.
Actress Molly Fitzgerald, 38 years old, has been reported as having enacted her option to argue her case as her own attorney, after having been charged in her mother's stabbing death. After having been arrested for having stabbed and killed, her own mother, Patricia Fitzgerald Mollie, appeared on Thursday via video in a Johnson Country courtroom.
Fitzgerald, who is listed as "Stark Girl" in the ending credits of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, was officially arrested and charged on New Year's Eve for the death of her mother, whom law enforcement had found dead from a stab wound.
During her video appearance, Fitzgerald informed the judge that she has plans to put to use a law degree, that she acquired from the University of Houston, during her trial of which she will be defending herself on a charge of second-degree murder.
It was also reported that Fitzgerald wanted to inform the court that she was in objection of Corey Jackson, her ex-husband, being called as a witness during the trial.
On Tuesday, Fitzgerald was reportedly arrested and booked in Olathe, Kansas, and has since remained in official custody on a bail of $500,000. She is said to be due back in court on Thursday.
The entire incident is the result of 68-year-old Patricia Fitzgerald being found in her home on December 20th, in Olathe, Kansas, the apparent victim of a fatal stabbing. A police report stated that law enforcement had been called to Fitzgerald's residence in response to an "armed disturbance." Upon their arrival, law enforcement found Fitzgerald was the victim of a stab wound.
Gary Hunziker, Patricia Fitzgerald's brother, had spoken with the Associated Press. He said that his sister had been in the process of moving from the Houston area, back to Kansas City, and that he didn't have any idea what lead to her passing. According to the Associated Press, Hunziker said: “It doesn’t matter the circumstances. The loss of a sister is what it’s all about.”
According to her profile on IMDb, Mollie Fitzgerald not only had a role in Captain America: The First Avenger, but she reportedly appeared in Trouble Is My Business, a 2018 film.
Is taking on the responsibilities of providing her own legal defense the best move for Fitzgerald?