Accused Cop Killer Claims Mental Illness

January 28, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The attorney for a South Valley man accused of killing a Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy says his client is mentally ill.The attorney for a South Valley man accused of killing a Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy says his client is mentally ill.

The defense for Jorge Banda made the claim to a Tulare County Judge this morning.

The judge agreed to a request to suspend charges until Banda can be evaluated by a doctor.

Authorities claim Banda shot and killed Tulare County Sheriff's Detective Kent Haws last December.

Banda and his attorney will return to court at a later date.


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