- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a man accused of slitting a Renton, Washington, clerk’s throat during a robbery.

The Seattle Times (https://is.gd/5VfJ4q ) reports that order came Thursday after a lawyer for Darren Gayles raised questions about his competency.

After the evaluation, Gayles is scheduled for a Feb. 18 hearing to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial on first-degree assault and first-degree robbery charges.

Prosecutors allege the 44-year-old man entered a GameStop store on Jan. 14 and held a knife to the clerk’s throat. They say he forced the 23-year-old woman to open the cash drawer, then slashed her throat.

Relatives of the clerk, Kiersten Shideler, say she was seriously injured but is improving.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com


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