- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The attorney for an 18-year-old Rapid City man accused of killing another man in July says his client might be suffering from mental health problems.

Public Defender Eric Whitcher says he plans to schedule a forensic psychiatric evaluation for Michael Hand.

Hand is accused in the death of 47-year-old Myron Rock, whose body was found in an alley. An autopsy concluded Rock died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Hand has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to second-degree murder.

The Rapid City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1rIkMDt ) that Whitcher told Judge Janine Kern on Monday that his client might suffer from fetal-alcohol syndrome and have other cognitive impairments.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com


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