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Mental exam ordered for Indiana woman in neighbor's death

A judge has approved a mental health examination for a woman charged with fatally shooting a Fort Wayne neighbor before she killed her two young children.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017 7:37 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A judge has approved a mental health examination for a woman charged with fatally shooting a Fort Wayne neighbor before she killed her two young children.

The attorney for 30-year-old Amber Pasztor requested the exam during a court hearing Monday on the murder charges she faces in the September 2016 death of 66-year-old Frank Macomber. Authorities say Pasztor fled in Macomber's car with her children, prompting an Amber Alert before they were found fatally suffocated in Elkhart.

Pasztor is serving a 130-year prison sentence after pleading guilty but mentally ill to murder in the deaths of 7-year-old Lilliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor.

The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports defense lawyer Randall Hammond wants a mental health expert to also review previous exams of Pasztor before her Allen County trial.

Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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