Attorney claims Idaho murder suspect is ‘delusional’

Attorney claims Idaho murder suspect is ‘delusional’

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 11 at 10:47 AM

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- A judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a northern Idaho man charged with first-degree murder.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports a public defender for 19-year-old Austin Blake Thrasher made the request last week, raising concerns he may be delusional and unable to understand the criminal proceedings against him.

Thrasher is among three Bonner County residents accused in the death of 19-year-old Michael Wyatt Smith. Thrasher's wife, 22-year-old Jennifer Thrasher, and 19-year-old Christopher Garlin face accessory to murder charges.

Detectives received a tip in January that a man was picked up on the pretense of attending a party, driven to the woods, then shot and buried. Smith's body was found on private property near Hope.

Authorities allege Thrasher killed Smith over a 16-year-old girl the two had both been seeing.

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