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Mar 3, 2011 1:32 PM by Bethany Tucker, KSBY News

Lawyer for man accused in double homicide needs time to review doctor's reports

The attorney defending the local man accused in a Christmas Day double homicide says he needs more time to review doctor's reports related to his client's mental competency.

Thursday morning, 20-year-old Andrew Downs was due in a San Luis Obispo courtroom for a hearing related to the release of a third doctor's reports on his mental status. The hearing is postponed until Tuesday, March 22nd.

Downs is accused in the Christmas Day killings of Kathy Yeager and Brooke Reilly in Santa Margarita.

Back in December, Downs' attorney asked that doctors evaluate his client's mental status to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial on the charges. Two doctors came back to court in January with mixed findings and a third doctor was appointed to the case.

According to police reports from the night of the alleged murders, Downs had told officers he suffers from schizophrenia.

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