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TAMPA — A doctor will determine whether the man accused of running down and killing a New Tampa father is too mentally ill to face trial.
A judge Friday appointed a psychiatrist to examine Mikese Morse, after a defense attorney formally raised the issue of Morse’s competency at his arraignment.
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"This is the first time that my client’s mental health has been brought to the attention of the court," attorney James Smith said afterward. "I don’t think you have to be an expert to come to the conclusion that he has a severe mental illness."
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Mark Kiser ordered Dr. George Northrup to examine Morse. The judge will consider the doctor’s report at a hearing in late August.
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If Morse is declared incompetent, he will likely receive treatment at a state hospital before the case continues in court. In court Friday, Smith entered not guilty pleas on his behalf to first-degree murder and other charges.
Morse, 30, was driving on New Tampa Boulevard on June 24 when he saw Pedro Aguerreberry on a bike path with his sons, according to Tampa police, who say Morse made a U-turn, tore across a swath of grass and intentionally ran into the trio.
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The father died, the 3-year-old suffered a broken leg, and...
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