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Riddick to Undergo Second Mental Evaluation

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MADISON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A Madison County man accused of murdering three of his own family members in 2011 may now be claiming he was insane when the crimes happened.

Rashad Riddick is accused of murdering his uncle, aunt, and cousin in February 2011. More than three years later, the case still hasn't gone to trial.

Riddick appeared in court Thursday for yet another pretrial motions hearing.

Riddick's attorneys are now saying the insanity defense is on the table, and prosecutors should prepare. In response, the commonwealth's attorney requested a mental evaluation of Riddick to see if he is clinically insane and if he is competent to stand trial.

This will be Riddick's second mental evaluation. Doctors found him competent to stand trial after his first one back in 2012, but his attorneys say he has been living in isolation in jail since then, and his mental state is deteriorating.

The concern is the evaluation will only prolong the case even further, but the commonwealth's attorney says the evaluation and its results can be available within 30 days.

The judge is giving the defense a little more time. He asked that those results be presented at the next pretrial hearing, scheduled for September 4 in Madison County Circuit Court.

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