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Nicholson Trial Halted by Request for Mental Evaluation

Posted November 2, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST

— The Sharpsburg man accused of a 1997 double murder wants to be re-examined before the trial goes on.

Just before noon Wednesday, the judge sent the jury home and granted a motion that Abner Nicholson's mental capacity be re-evaluated. Nicholson admits to shooting his wife and Sharpsburg Police Chief Wayne Hathaway, but says he did it in self-defense.

The jury will return Monday morning.