Judge Orders Mental Evaluation For Murder Suspect Who Wants To Represent Self

Apr 10, 2014

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A Pulaski County judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a man who wants to represent himself on a murder charge.

Darrell Dennis is charged in the May 2013 kidnapping, robbery and shooting death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams in Little Rock.

Dennis was free at the time despite multiple felony charges and parole violations and was arrested less than 30 hours after being released from the Pulaski County jail.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Judge Chris Piazza told Dennis on Thursday that he doesn't think Dennis is capable of representing himself. But Piazza agreed to order the mental exam after a prosecutor noted that an unrelated case that's pending could be overturned because a judge didn't take the necessary procedures before declining a defendant's request to represent himself.