LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has halted jury selection for a second-degree murder trial and ordered a sanity examination of the defendant.
A psychiatrist and a psychologist testified last week that 35-year-old Wilson Locke is sane and able to stand trial over the shooting death of his stepdaughter six years ago. Defense attorney Ginger Vidrine filed a two motions for a third doctor to examine Locke to determine his present sanity.
A three-judge appeals court panel on Tuesday overruled state court Judge Clayton Davis' denials of Vidrine's requests for a third examination.
The sanity hearing is set for June 22. Locke's trial is now scheduled for Oct. 11.
28-year-old Serebia Dean was found dead in Locke's Lake Charles home on May 3, 2005.