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Lawyers Spar over Psychiatric Exams for Slayer of Batesville Man

OCTOBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 3:59 p.m. CDT

 

PORTLAND, MAINE - A judge granted a prosecutor's request for psychiatric examinations for a man charged in the Labor Day weekend killing spree in Maine that left a Region 8 man and three women dead.

Christian Nielsen is charged with killing the women and dismembering their bodies at the Black Bear Bed & Breakfast, as well as killing 50-year-old James Whitehurst of Batesville, Arkansas, and dumping his body in the woods.  Whitehurst was working at the B&B in Maine at the time.

Defense lawyers had objected to the prosecutor's request, saying that Nielsen shouldn't be put in a position of making self-incriminating statements out of the presence of his lawyers. 

Since his arrest, the 31-year-old Nielsen allegedly attacked an inmate in jail.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 

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