Sentencing of a woman convicted in the 2017 stabbing death of a Belmont man has been pushed back to August so she can undergo a psychological evaluation. In the meantime, the judge has denied a motion by the defense for a new trial based on accounts of a chatty juror, who sought divine guidance.

Waldo County Superior Court Justice Robert Murray granted the psychological evaluation based on Victoria Scott's prior diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, her personal history and experiences of abuse, as claimed by her attorneys. Scott was to be evaluated June 11 at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

Murray denied a separate motion for a new trial based on reports that a juror spoke to outside parties in the courthouse during the trial.

Scott was convicted in April of stabbing 40-year-old Edwin Littlefield Jr. outside a Waldo residence in February 2017. Littlefield later bled to death. Scott, who was 24 at the time, claimed self defense, but the jury sided with prosecutors, who said Scott attacked Littlefield after he made disparaging comments about her.

Scott's defense team has since sought to cast doubt on a juror who let it be known during the trial that she was looking for a sign from God.

Thomas Cummler, a private investigator working for the defense, said in a sworn statement that he saw the juror, a gray-haired woman, engaged in a long conversation with a court officer while other jurors were filing into the jury room. Cummler said he asked the court officer what the conversation was about and was told that the woman "wanted to know how to get a prayer to the judge."

"I said it must have been more than that because she stood and talked to you for about 10-15 minutes," Cummler wrote. "He replied, well you know she just wanted to know what happened next and a lot of jurors have questions like that."

In a second affidavit, Scott's sister, Ariana Scott, described an encounter in the courthouse restroom with a woman of a similar description. Scott said she was washing her hands when a woman came out of a stall directly behind her.

"She said: 'I don't know who you are, but I am sorry for what you are going through, but it must be very hard.'"

Ariana Scott said it was. The woman asked if she was there for "the dead man." Ariana Scott said, no, she was there for "the girl."

"As I was opening the door, she said, 'I'm praying that God will give me the wisdom to make the right decision,'" Ariana Scott wrote in her affidavit. "At that moment I realized she might be a juror, and while the possibility was dawning on me, said very quietly, 'Me, too.'"

State prosecutors, in a motion to deny a new trial, said they had a similar interaction with a gray-haired and pious juror, who after announcing she was going to her car to get lunch, added, "I'm praying to God that I make the right decision."

The defense knew about the exchange and deemed it inconsequential at the time, the prosecutors said. They went on to say that the other two conversations were similar, in that juror never received "extraneous information" about the case.

On June 6, Justice Murray denied the motion for a new trial.

Scott's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 8 at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast.