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Psych evaluation ordered for shooting suspect

Posted: 1:54 PM, Apr 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-18 21:08:50Z
Psych evaluation ordered for shooting suspect
Psych evaluation ordered for shooting suspect

The judge ordered a competency evaluation for the man accused in a deadly triple shooting in Centennial earlier this month. The exam will determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

Kevin Lyons is accused of shooting his wife and two neighbors on Monday, April 4, on East Long Circle South. One of the neighbors, Dr. Kenneth Atkinson, was killed.

Lyons' wife and second neighbor suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Lyons was arrested minutes after the shooting.

The next day in court, Lyons was belligerent and repeatedly interrupted Judge Carlos Samour, according to Denver7 Reporter Nicole Brady.

Brady reported that Lyons told his public defender "You're not my representative bro, I don't even know you."

He also claimed he had hired "John Elway's lawyer."

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He did the same thing during another court hearing on April 8, although he was more subdued.  Twice he told the Public Defender, “You are not my attorney.”

The defendant previously scheduled a news conference with the media, but moments before the interviews were scheduled to start, Lyons' public defender filed an emergency request and the judge granted an order preventing the interviews.

In court Monday, Lyons again argued with his public defender. Lyons said in court that he is in the process of hiring his own private attorney. 

Lyons attempted several times to read a prepared statement. The judge advised him several times that that was not a good idea because it could be used against him. The judge ended the hearing before Lyons could make his statement.

The judge also continued the previous stay that keeps Lyons from contacting the media.

The judge ordered that Lyons undergo a competency evaluation at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

The hearing to discuss the results of the competency evaluation is set for May 31 at 9 a.m.

Court documents obtained by Denver7 indicate that Lyons was charged with the following 14 counts:

  • First Degree Murder after Deliberation
  • Attempted Murder 1 – after Deliberation
  • Attempted Murder 1 – Extreme Indifference
  • Attempted Murder 1 – after Deliberation
  • Attempted Murder 1 – Extreme Indifference
  • Attempted Murder 1 – after Deliberation
  • Attempted Murder 1 of Peace Officer after Deliberation
  • Attempted Murder 1 of Peace Officer w/Extreme Indifference
  • Attempted Murder 1 of Peace Officer after Deliberation
  • Attempted Murder 1 of Peace Officer w/Extreme Indifference
  • First Degree Assault – Extreme Indifference
  • First Degree Assault – Extreme Indifference
  • Violent Crime – Used Weapon
  • Violent Crime – Causing Death/Serious Bodily Injury
     

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