Judge orders mental exam for Ohio VA suspect

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge Thursday ordered a mental competency evaluation of an Ohio man charged in a Veterans Affairs hospital shooting that wounded one man.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose agreed in a hearing with defense requests for evaluation of Neil Moore. The 59-year-old Moore has been held without bond since the May 5 shooting at the Dayton VA medical center.

Moore's attorney, Frank Malocu, said Moore has a history of mental illness. He says the results of the mental examinations will help determine defense plans.

"Once we get the written report, then we'll be in a position to make a decision on the case," Malocu said after the hearing.

It's not known how long the evaluations will take.

A federal judge earlier entered a not guilty plea for Moore. Defense attorneys could decide to contend that he is not guilty by reason of insanity.

The resident of suburban Trotwood is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Investigators say the former employee of the Dayton VA hospital entered a break room May 5 where several people were playing cards and pointed a revolver at them, saying something like "don't mess with my family." Authorities say that in a scuffle, an employee was shot in the ankle. They say Moore then pointed the revolver at someone at an elevator before fleeing.