Workplace shooting hearing resumes in December
BATON ROUGE - A state judge has given attorneys for a Slaughter man charged in the killing of two women in 2009 until Dec. 17 to decide whether mental disability will be part of his defense.
State District Judge Tony Marabella made the decision at the end of a pretrial hearing last week for Richard Matthews.
Matthews is charged in the fatal shooting of two women at Grady Crawford Construction Co. where he previously worked. Another person was injured.
In January, at prosecutors' request, Marabella appointed doctors to determine whether Matthews could aid in his own defense.
The judge last month found Matthews competent to assist his court-appointed lawyers. The doctors' examination had nothing to do with Matthews' sanity at the time of the deaths.