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New evaluation ordered in slaying during rural break-in

January 13, 2019

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A fourth psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for a Virginia bicyclist charged in the death of an elderly man killed with a shovel during a break-in in rural Pennsylvania.

PennLive.com reports that a Lycoming County judge cited conflicting psychiatric opinions on 25-year-old Graham Norby-Vardac and results of a 2017 court-ordered evaluation. Prosecutors said he has already been seen by three psychiatrists and in October was found capable of assisting his defense.

Authorities allege that Norby-Vardac cycled from his Alexandria, Virginia home in April 2017 but was tired and hungry and broke into an Eldred Township home, killing 82-year-old Donald Kleese Jr. and then trying to drive the victim’s car to Canada.

Norby-Vardac said he found the victim dead. At arraignment, he said “I couldn’t bring myself to kill anyone.”

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Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com

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