H-SANTA MARIA

Dec 16, 2010 11:19 PM by Ariel Wesler

Case continued for man accused of decapitating a Santa Maria man

New developments today in the case against Nicholas Bendle, the man accused of decapitating a Santa Maria man.

The prosecution and defense were each supposed to choose a mental health doctor to evaluate whether the 21-year-old's previous insanity plea is valid. Bendle's attorney requested more time to find a doctor.

Bendle will return to court on December 30th. Once the court appoints doctors, they will evaluate his condition and return with a decision.

Bendle is accused of killing a 69-year-old man with a hatchet in Santa Maria last summer while the victim was out for his morning walk.

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