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DeMocker to get psychiatric evaluation

Steven DeMocker

Steven DeMocker

CAMP VERDE - Accused murderer Steven DeMocker will undergo a mental heath evaluation at the request of his defense team, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

In April, attorney Greg Parzych said that months in solitary confinement was "negatively affecting" his client's mental state. "Defense counsel has concerns as to whether Mr. DeMocker is going to be able to assist in his own defense if his current confinement conditions do not change."

DeMocker, 56, is accused of the beating death of his ex-wife in June 2008, and was placed in solitary in October.

Parzych said in April that DeMocker has been held in solitary confinement for seven months, and kept in his cell for 23-and-a-half hours a day.

"His confinement conditions are beginning to affect Mr. DeMocker's mental stability," Parzych wrote.

Dr. John R. Walker will conduct the evaluation, according to the order granted by Judge Warren Darrow.

A court-issued gag order prevents both the prosecution and defense from commenting publicly on developments in the trial.

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