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Re-Evaluation Ordered In Md. Hospital Slaying

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A Howard County judge will order another evaluation of whether a man accused of killing a fellow patient at a state mental hospital is competent to stand trial.

The judge heard Tuesday from a psychiatrist who determined that Andre Mayo is competent, but acknowledged that the evaluation focuses on his competency at a discrete moment in time.

Mayo is charged with first-degree murder in the death of fellow Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center patient, Rogelion Mondragon in October. Investigators said it was the second patient-on-patient slaying in a week at the hospital.

Judge Louis Becker played a recording of Mayo’s outburst during a hearing last month. After discussion with both sides, Becker decided to request an evaluation that takes into account Mayo’s history and the episodic nature of his illness.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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