Judge grants mental health evaluations for Purdue homicide suspect

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On Thursday, a judge is likely to examine a Purdue University homicide suspect about his need for psychological examinations.
Attorneys for Ji Min Sha allege he suffers from mental problems prohibiting him from standing trial. Sha is accused with murder in the October stabbing of his dorm mate, Varun Chheda.
After scanning through a report on Thursday furnished by the defense, Judge Sean Persin had seen enough.
Dr. Sean Samuels, a defense-hired psychologist, wrote the report. Sha was interrogated for five hours by Samuels immediately after the killing.
Persin stated that he didn’t even need to finish the report to know that Sha’s mental state warranted further inquiry. Because the report has not yet been made public, it is unknown what is included inside.
However, according to court records, Sha informed investigators that he believes “he is heavily involved in worldwide espionage and is a former CIA officer.”
According to his defense counsel, education records “show serious difficulties with (Sha’s) perspective of reality and mental condition.”
Sha was also the target of “student of concern” allegations while attending Purdue, as we previously documented.
Persin selected two specialists to analyze Sha and report back to the court during a forthcoming hearing.
The experts will examine Sha’s ability to stand trial as well as the merits of his attorneys’ proposed insanity defense.

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