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Accused killer of Lee Co. deputy enters not guilty plea

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - The man accused of running down Lee County Deputy James Anderson said he's not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Gregory Henderson entered the plea during a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday. News Leader 9 was the only news source present at the hearing.

31-year old Gregory Henderson faces capitol murder of a law enforcement officer and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Henderson never spoke a word during the 15 minute hearing, but he listened as District Attorney Nick Abbett requested the court to order him to undergo a mental evaluation. The prosecution wants to learn if Henderson is competent to stand trial and his IQ. The DA's office also wants to know if Henderson was suffering from a mental condition on September 24th, 2009.That's the day investigators say he used his car as a deadly weapon and ran over Deputy James Anderson.

 Anderson's widow was present for Wednesday's hearing and sat just a few feet away from the man accused of killing the father of her two children.

 After the hearing, Henderson was led out of the courtroom and was taken back to Russell County where he is being held until his trial.

 

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