- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for an Arkansas man in jail for more than three years awaiting trial on a capital murder charge may no longer be competent for trial.

Juan Pablo Perez-Lopez is charged with capital murder in the 2013 stabbing death of Jesus Cecilio Villalobos. Perez-Lopez has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/29eUxzV ) that an attorney for Perez-Lopez doubts her client has the mental ability to work with her. An earlier examination found Perez-Lopez fit for trial.

Prosecutors are reviewing a report by a neuropsychologist who suggested Perez-Lopez has experienced a mental and functional decline while in jail.

The case has been delayed due to a change in judges hearing the case and mental evaluations to be completed, among other things.


Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com

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