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Henderson will get psychiatric evaluation before sentencing

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

The man who killed Lee County Sheriff's Deputy James Anderson with his car was back in court Wednesday for a pre-sentencing hearing.

Gregory Henderson defense team has asked the judge in the case to delay formal sentencing for the capital murder conviction saying they need a psychiatrist to evaluate Henderson in April, to determine if he has borderline intellectual function.

The defense has told News Leader 9 that they are very concerned the judge in the case could overturn the juries recommendation of life without the possibility of parole and sentence Henderson to death by lethal injection.

According to the United States Supreme Court a mentally restarted person cannot be sentenced to death penalty.

The defense claims during the trial a psychiatrist for the state testified Henderson had borderline intellectual function. The defense is hoping additional testing by a psychiatrist will confirm that diagnosis and help Henderson avoid a possible death sentence.

Judge Walker has agreed to the testing in April and has set a new pre-sentencing status conference for May 10.

News Leader 9 will be there and bring you the very latest. 

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