Ark. judge denies evaluation in double killing

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A Faulkner County Circuit Court judge has denied a prosecution request for a mental evaluation of a former doctor charged with capital murder in the deaths of a Conway businessman and an associate.

Judge Charles Clawson Jr. ruled Friday after hearing arguments in chambers from prosecutors and attorneys for Richard Conte.

Prosecutors charged Conte last year in the May 19, 2002, deaths of 49-year-old Carter Elliott and 25-year-old Timothy Robertson, who were found at Elliott's home in Shady Valley.

Defense lawyer Jack Lassiter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/IGY7T2) he hadn't raised a mental disease defense and didn't assert that Conte was incompetent to help his attorneys.

Conte was charged while he was in a Nevada prison serving time for kidnapping of his ex-wife, who was also Elliott's former wife.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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