Hearing scheduled to talk about dropping mental health defense

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PEORIA, Ill. (WCIA) — Prosecutors in the Brendt Christensen trial want some clarification after his attorneys filed a motion to drop the mental health defense.

They’re scheduled to have a hearing on Tuesday with the judge to lay out their concerns.

They say that Christensen is refusing to be examined by two of their expert witnesses. They were supposed to do that on Monday.

Prosecutors want to make sure he is knowingly and voluntarily withdrawing mental health evidence from the trial. They also want to ensure that Christensen doesn’t refuse being examined now, and later decide to use the defense. They say all of that would delay the trial. 

Prosecutors are also recommending that the court allow experts to do their examination now in case he later decides to use that defense.

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