- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Richmond man charged with threatening U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has been ordered to undergo psychiatric testing.

U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood this week sent 40-year-old Russell Little to a federal facility to see if he is competent to stand trial.

Along with threatening Barr, prosecutors say, Little also spoke of wanting to kill former congressman Ben Chandler.

The FBI says Little, who has pleaded not guilty, repeatedly phoned Barr’s Lexington office and made “both explicit and direct” threats.

Barr, a Republican, defeated Chandler, a Democrat, in 2013 for the central Kentucky seat.

The FBI says Little also called Barr’s office on Aug. 4 and “used a variety of curse words” to express his anger with Barr and Chandler.

State police seized a loaded .38-caliber pistol from his car.

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