Judge rejects request for mental exam of US man accused of sex abuse at Kenya orphanage

The Associated Press
August 25, 2014 09:19 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal judge has denied a prosecutors' request for a mental evaluation for a U.S. man accused of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya.

Matthew Durham was indicted earlier this month on sex abuse charges. Prosecutors accused the 19-year-old of sexually abusing children at the Upendo Children's Home.

Prosecutors requested the psychiatric evaluation of Durham, saying they needed to know whether he was insane at the time of the alleged offences and if he can stand trial. But Durham's attorneys opposed the motion, noting that they'd given no notice of an insanity defence or incompetency claim.

U.S. District Judge David Russell rejected the request Monday, finding that prosecutors didn't present sufficient evidence that Durham may be mentally incompetent.

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