- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A man accused of killing his wife, neighbor and a Bradenton pastor will undergo medical testing to determine whether he has any mental health issues or brain defects.

The Herald-Tribune reports Andres Avalos appeared in court Thursday for a status conference in which assistant public defender Franklin Roberts asked that his client be granted transportation for a positron emission tomography, or PET scan. A PET scan is an imaging test doctors use to determine how organs and tissues function.

Avalos is charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the Dec. 4 deaths of his wife, Amber Avalos, neighbor Denise Potter and Bayshore Baptist Church pastor James “Tripp” Battle. Prosecutors have advised that they will seek the death penalty if Avalos is convicted.


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