Attorney for accused Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy killer asks for evaluation

In this photo provided Nov. 14, 2016, by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, shows David Machado. Machado is alleged to have shot and killed a deputy in what police termed "an execution," then stole a car and drove 150 miles to a small central California town where he was arrested after trying to steal a purse from a woman, who fought back and called authorities. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Wallace was shot twice in the head Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, as he checked on a report of a suspicious van parked near a fishing access spot. The suspect, identified as Machado, 36, fled in the van and carjacked a sedan. (Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department via AP)

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a man accused of killing a Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy has asked the court for a mental health evaluation for his client.

KCRA reports ( ) Monday that David Machado’s attorney asked the court to declare Machado incompetent to stand trial in the shooting death of Deputy Dennis Wallace.

Officials say Machado will be evaluated by a court-appointed mental health professional, who will report back to the court as to whether Machado is able to understand the nature of the proceedings against him or assist his attorney in his defense.

Machado was arrested Nov. 13 in Tulare County after an hours-long manhunt following the killing of Wallace, who was shot twice in the head.

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