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Murder Suspect in Kennewick Receives Mental Health Hearing

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A man charged for a murder in Kennewick gets sent back to Eastern State Hospital for more mental evaluation.

Prosecutors accuse Robert Talancon of murdering Darren Evans in 2005, but doctors said a disease is destroying his brain.

A year ago Talancon couldn't even feed himself, but he's recovering from his comma and Friday lawyers tried to establish whether or not he's finally mentally competent to stand trial.

A doctor from Eastern State Hospital testified Talancon suffers from a type of Fungal Meningitis which is destroying his entire brain. Doctor Daniel Lord-Flynn said Talancon's condition is similar to Alzheimer's. He has problems paying attention. He doesn't remember or understand who people are. He's also prone to anger and outbursts.

"Once a marine always a marine. I'm a Corporal in United States Marine Corps. Once a marine always a marine. I'm a Corporal," said Talancon in court.

The court ruled Talancon would be sent back to Eastern State Hospital for 180 days. This gives doctors extra time to see if his condition will improve. The court plans to review his progress on March 9th. If he is not found competent, murder charges may be dismissed.

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