It`s been eight months since Paula Mendez allegedly smothered her three children. Police found them dead inside their DeQueen home on January 28th, 2006. On Thursday morning, prosecutors and Mendez`s defense attorneys were in court discussing her state of mind - whether she is mentally fit to stand trail. The Mexican national was ushered into a Sevier County courtroom for a hearing. This case has captured national attention. Many have compared her to Andrea Yates: she was recently found not guilty by reason of insanity. It appears Mendez`s defense team may try to take a similar approach. She has already undergone a mental evaluation to see if she understands the proceedings and can assist in her own trial. In court, the results of that evaluation were revealed. According to a state psychologist, Mendez can assist in her own defense and has a reasonable degree of rational understanding. Her attorneys plan to have another mental evaluation done. Prosecutor Tom Cooper says this is a standard move. "It appears that where the defense is going is not a surprise, that they are looking for some sort of demished capacity or mental defect when they fight this issue in guilt and whether or not she can appreciate the criminality of her conduct. I think we prove to a jury and will be able to convict her. I think the real issue will come down to whether they will sentence her to die or life." The judge hearing this case has set monthly hearings that lead up to a tentive trial date for next February. Until then, there will be plenty more legal wrangling.