Sanity evaluation ordered for teenager who pleaded insanity to adult murder charge

THORNTON, Colo. - A Thornton teenager facing adult charges for the stabbing death of a peer was denied a transfer to juvenile court and ordered to undergo a sanity evaluation.

Matthew James Trujillo, 17, is accused of stabbing 18-year-old Anthony Benavidez in the throat during a fight in the early morning hours of Jan. 4, police said. Trujillo is charged as an adult with first-degree murder.

On June 6, the judge overseeing the case denied a motion from Trujillo's attorneys to get the case moved to juvenile court, said 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office Spokeswoman Sue Lindsay.

Trujillo returned to court on June 10 for his arraignment. According to Lindsay, he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Because of the plea, the judge ordered a sanity evaluation at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

The results of the sanity evaluation are due to the court on August 22.

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