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Attorney considers mental exam for suspected airport stabber

September 18, 2018

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport could receive a mental evaluation before his trial.

The Flint Journal reports that defense attorney Joan Morgan on Tuesday told a judge in Flint that she plans to submit a notice to have Amor Ftouhi’s (ah-MOOR’ fuh-TOO’-ee’s) mental capacity evaluated in the event a mental health defense is pursued.

U.S. District Judge Linda Parker said that could delay the Nov. 5 jury trial.

Ftouhi, a native of Tunisia, lives in Montreal. He’s accused of stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville in June 2017 at Flint’s Bishop International Airport while yelling “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” Neville survived.

Ftouhi is charged with committing an act of violence at an international airport and interfering with airport security.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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