A man accused of breaking into the St. George LDS Temple will undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if he was sane at the time, his attorney said.
Lee Mackelprang, 39, of St. George, is accused of using a heavy woodcutting maul to smash through a 3-foot by 3-foot panel in the door of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple on Nov. 10, 1996.In 5th District Court Wednesday, Mackelprang's attorney, Ken Combs, asked the judge to allow Mackelprang to undergo an additional evaluation from an independent expert. Mackelprang has already been evaluated by a mental health expert assigned by the prosecutor.
Judge James Shumate gave Combs 60 days for the evaluation. A two-day trial will be set for June or July.
Mackelprang, who arresting officers said asked them to shoot him, faces charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and interfering with a legal arrest.
Mackelprang is in a mental health clinic in Cedar City, Combs said.