DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for an Ohio man charged in a Veterans Affairs hospital shooting that wounded one person will request a mental competency evaluation of his client.
Defense attorney Frank Malocu (mah-LUK) says he hasn't entered a plea yet on Neil Moore's behalf but will file a motion for the evaluation. Malocu says a federal judge on Tuesday did enter a not-guilty plea to assault and weapons charges on Moore's behalf as a formality while the case proceeds.
Malocu says the 59-year-old Moore has suffered from mental illness most of his life, and he believes Moore's mental state is a significant issue.
Authorities say Moore pointed a gun at people in a break room at the Dayton VA hospital May 5. An employee was shot in the ankle in a struggle.