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Clinic Shootings Suspect Sent For Psychiatric Evaluation

March 31, 1995

DEDHAM, Mass (AP) _ John C. Salvi III, accused of a deadly shooting rampage at two women’s clinics, was sent for psychiatric evaluation Thursday to see if he is competent to stand trial.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Dortch-Okara ordered Salvi, 22, sent to a state hospital for at least 20 days of evaluation.

One of Salvi’s lawyers, Janice Bassil, said, ``I have real questions about his ability to rationally understand the charges brought against him and to assist in his own defense.″

She said she cannot prepare for trial without determining his mental state.

``He’s too crazy right now,″ she said.

Prosecutors objected, arguing that it would be faster to have a court doctor evaluate Salvi. No trial date has been set.

Salvi, a hairdressing student from Hampton, N.H., is accused of killing two people and wounding five others on Dec. 30 at two suburban Boston women’s health clinics. He is charged with murder and assault.

If he is found mentally incompetent to stand trial, he will be confined in a state psychiatric hospital and reevaluated every six months for possible release.

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