A man charged with killing a Massachusetts police officer and an innocent bystander has been sent to a psychiatric facility for a 20-day evaluation to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.
The Patriot Ledger reports that a judge Wednesday approved a defense request to send 21-year-old Emmanuel Lopes to Bridgewater State Hospital. He was being held at the Norfolk County jail.
Lopes is due back in court Dec. 11 with the results of the evaluation.
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Lopes' attorney, Larry Tipton, says his client has a history of mental illness.
Lopes faces 11 charges, including two counts of murder, in the July deaths of Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna and 77-year-old Vera Adams.
Authorities say Chesna was investigating a car crash when Lopes disabled him with a rock and took his weapon.