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Judge Suspends Murder Trial

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Pasco, WA- A judge has put a murder trial on hold while psychiatrists finish a mental exam on the accused.

Jose Garcia Morales and his brother are charged with shooting a Pasco couple in December.

Today Franklin County Superior Court Judge Pat Runge signed the order to suspend all proceedings until psychiatrists can determine if Morales is competent to stand trial.

Morales' attorney says in preparing his case, he's become concerned about whether Morales is aware of what's happening.

Morales' trial had been set to begin later this month.

Psychiatrists from the state mental hospital are expected to finish their exam in about two weeks.