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Trial date set for Lowndes Co. triple-murder suspect

File Photo: Deandra Lee (Source: WSFA 12 News) File Photo: Deandra Lee (Source: WSFA 12 News)
HAYNEVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

A trial date is now set for Deandra Lee, the man charged in the killing young twins and their elderly babysitter in Lowndes County back on June 4, 2012.

Lee's trial is scheduled to begin on April 6, 2015. Court documents say the trial will be held at the Lowndes County Courthouse in Hayneville.

Lee was arrested in Selma in June 2012 and charged with murdering 9-year-old twins Jordan and Taylor DeJerinett, along with their 73-year-old caretaker, Jack Mac Girdner.

The bodies of each were found after a statewide search. They'd been dumped along Alabama Highway 21 in Haynevill. All three had been shot to death. Lee pleaded not guilty in August 2013.

By the time Lee goes to trial, nearly three years will have passed since the killings.

Lee's attorneys have previously said they needed more time to adequately prepare for trial. The original trial dates, set for April and then October of 2014, were subsequently delayed.

In July, Lee's attorneys filed an objection in Lowndes Co. District Court after a judge ordered him to undergo a mental evaluation. They said the judge's order does not meet the requirements of the state's rules of criminal procedure or statutory and case law requirements.

Circuit Judge Terri Bozeman Lovell ordered Lee to undergo a state examination through the Department of Mental Health to see if he lacks the ability to assist in his defense.

The attorneys said the judge's order is "overly broad, vague and ambiguous," as well as adding that, "satisfying curiosity alone, is still not a proper use for this kind of motion."

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