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Judge denies competency exam in reservation double-slaying 


April 14, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from prosecutors to conduct a competency exam on the teenage suspect in a double slaying on Montana’s Crow reservation.

Prosecutors had sought the exam to determine if 18-year-old Jesus Deniz Mendoza of Worland, Wyoming is fit to stand trial in the killings of Jason and Tana Shane.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters denied the exam request in an order issued Tuesday. The order was sealed by the court, making the judge’s rationale unknown.

Mendoza’s defense attorneys opposed the exam and said there was no indication he was in...

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