Reeves to get mental health exam

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The only person from Calcasieu Parish on death row will be examined by a panel of mental health experts to determine whether he fits the mental standards to be put to death.

Jason Reeves is in prison for the rape and stabbing death of 4-year-old Mary Jean Thigpen in 2001.

Reeves' attorneys argue he does not fit the mental competency standards to be put to death.

On Tuesday, the American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) state Judge Mike Canaday appointed a psychologist and psychiatrist to exam Reeves.

They are to submit their reports to the court by Sept. 29, and another hearing is to be held Oct. 8.

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