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Dec 31, 2012 11:41 PM by Associated Press

Psych exams ordered for man in grandmother killing

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A judge has ordered psychological evaluations for a Fresno man authorities say confessed to strangling his 78-year-old grandmother.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) that a Fresno County Superior Court ordered two psychologists on Monday to examine Travis Ray Fendley after his defense attorneys argued he was incompetent to stand trial because of mental illness.

The 22-year-old Fendley is accused of strangling his grandmother, Joyce Frazier, inside her Fresno home on December 18. Police say he also planned to kill other relatives.

Family members have said Fendley is a schizophrenic who had been in and out of the Fresno County Jail five times in recent months.

Fendley is due in court on Jan. 28 when the psychologists will give their reports.

He was being held in Fresno County Jail without bail.

Information from: The Fresno Bee,

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