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Judge tells attorneys to shop around for expert

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PASCO, WA-A judge has told defense lawyers to shop out-of-state if that's what it takes to get a murder trial back on track.

Gregorio Luna Luna's trial has been on hold this summer while state psychiatrists examine him. The doctors determined Luna Luna mentally competent to stand trial.

In the defense lawyers search for an expert to refute the state doctors' diagnosis, public defender Shelly Ajax says the only specialized doctor in Washington that could examine Luna Luna won't be available until October.

Superior Court Judge Robert Swisher has directed the defense to look for similar experts in the Portland, Oregon area, and elsewhere if they must.

Pasco police arrested Luna Luna in May of last year for the stabbing death of his former girlfriend. Prosecutors say the two had been arguing over their four-year-old son.