Lawyers seek sanity hearing in flea market slaying case

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Attorneys for a teenager charged in the 2014 death of a flea market employee are asking a state district judge in Lafayette to appoint a sanity commission to assess if the 16-year-old is mentally fit enough to stand trial on first-degree murder.

In court papers filed Thursday, the attorneys question whether the teen comprehends the charge filed by prosecutors and whether he’s capable of assisting his legal counsel in his defense.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1Q6pWDi) the motion asks Judge Patrick Michot to approve a commission consisting of a psychiatrist and a psychologist that both prosecutors and defense attorneys agree on.

Authorities say the teen allegedly shot Jockey Lot employee 49-year-old Michael Patin in the back in the flea market parking lot on Feb. 2, 2014.

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