Wait continues for mental evaluation of Brandon Franklin


The government said they are still waiting on a report from a doctor evaluating Brandon Franklin.

Franklin allegedly stabbed Marvin Stewart, 49, on Jan. 8, 2015 on the 700 block of 19th ST. NE.

In April, the government requested that Franklin undergo a mental evaluation, giving a timeline of three months for that to be done. On Wednesday, the government said that the doctor conducting the mental evaluation needs to meet with him again, before providing a full mental evaluation.

The defense responded by asking for a month, after the report is delivered, so they can rebut the doctor’s mental evaluation of Franklin.

The judge also asked if he wanted to have DNA testing done independently, on evidence that the government had collect. Franklin stated that he did not want to have independent testing done.

There is a lot both sides hope to get done before the jury trial on Oct. 17.

The are set to appear on Aug. 28 for a status hearing, in hopes that the full mental evaluation has been delivered.

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