Jul 16, 2014 12:38 PM by AP (PHOTO COURTESY: CPSO)

Reeves to get mental health exam

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The only person from Calcasieu Parish on death row will be examined by a panel of mental health experts to determine whether he fits the mental standards to be put to death.

Jason Reeves is in prison for the rape and stabbing death of 4-year-old Mary Jean Thigpen in 2001.

Reeves' attorneys argue he does not fit the mental competency standards to be put to death.

On Tuesday, the American Press reports state Judge Mike Canaday appointed a psychologist and psychiatrist to exam Reeves.

They are to submit their reports to the court by Sept. 29, and another hearing is to be held Oct. 8.


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