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Competency hearing scheduled for reservation double-slaying


November 2, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a hearing to determine if a Wyoming man is competent to stand trial in the slaying of a couple on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters scheduled the hearing in the case of Jesus Deniz Mendoza for Nov. 21.

Authorities last week submitted the results of a mental examination of Mendoza to the court. Watters sealed the document.

The 19-year-old defendant is charged with double murder, attempted murder and other counts in the July 2015 deaths of Jason and Tana Shane near Pryor.

Authorities say the couple had stopped to help Mendoza when he shot them, killing both and wounding their 26-year-old daughter.

His attorneys have said he will rely on an insanity defense if the case goes to trial.


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