Government requests murder suspect undergo evaluation


Brandon Franklin, the man accused of killing Marvin Stewart, will undergo a mental evaluation before his trial.

Prosecutors told the judge on Monday a the doctor would need at least three months to complete the evaluation.

The defense attorneys argued that they “don’t see” how the evaluation would be relevant to the case. The defense also asked the government to provide information on which test the doctor would perform.

Prosecutors said it “shouldn’t” be forced to show other tests.

Stewart was found by police suffering from stab wounds in January of 2015 on the 700 block of 19th ST. NE.

Police arrested Franklin in connection with the murder and charged him with second-degree murder in January of 2015. Franklin is currently being held without bond and scheduled for a status hearing on May 1.

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