The trial of a man charged with killing a bar patron and wounding his ex-girlfriend likely will be delayed until at least August for psychological evaluation of the defendant, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Eighth District Judge Dennis Draney had originally said trial for Elmer C. McCrary, 67, Duchesne, would begin in mid-July.
But defense attorneys have requested appointment of psychiatrists to determine whether McCrary suffered diminished capacity at the time of the April 30 shootings in which he is charged.
Duchesne County Attorney Herb Gillespie said the judge has indicated he will grant some sort of psychological evaluation and the prosecutor's office will not oppose that.
McCrary is charged with capital homicide in the shooting of Larry Mortensen, 42, Duchesne, and attempted murder in the wounding of Sandra L. Burnette, 37, Hanna.
Police said Mortensen was shot while trying to stop a gunman who already had fired a bullet into the woman's shoulder.