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Murder suspect’s defense requests mental test redo

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) The attorney for a Virginia man accused of killing his sister and stabbing his pregnant girlfriend is challenging a psychologist’s opinion deeming the suspect competent to stand trial.

Daniel Alfredo Martinez-Nolasco, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, malicious wounding and attempted murder in the 2018 attack, The Free Lance-Star reported.

Court records show psychologist Jeremy Walden evaluated Martinez-Nolasco in June and determined he was fit to stand trial.

Defense attorney Alan Polsky calls the findings unacceptable because his client doesn’t speak English and should have had an in-person interpreter during the test, instead of one over the phone.

Polsky is asking a judge to provide funds so the defense can redo the evaluation with an in-person interpreter. That request will be heard Sept. 27.

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