Man accused of killing MPD officer may fight charges - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man accused of killing MPD officer may fight charges

Alexander Haydel (left) in court with defense attorney Gerald Skahan Alexander Haydel (left) in court with defense attorney Gerald Skahan

(WMC-TV) - A Mississippi man accused of killing a Memphis police officer and another man has not yet decided on a plea, his attorney said Tuesday.

Alexander Haydel did not appear in the courtroom during a short hearing Tuesday, after which defense attorney Gerald Skahan said his client was preparing to fight the charges against him.

Because of the brevity of Tuesday's hearing, attorneys on both sides advised it was not necessary for him to be present.

Haydel is charged with two counts of first degree murder, accused of killing his wife's ex-husband, Arthur Warren, and MPD Officer Tim Warren. The murders happened on July 3 inside the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Memphis.

After his initial court appearance last week, prosecutors and defense attorneys requested Haydel undergo a mental evaluation.

"It's been ordered," Skahan said. "It generally takes about two weeks once they start. They have not seen him yet, but they will."

Skahan hopes the mental evaluation report is complete by July 28, after which he says he'll likely request a preliminary hearing be set. At some point in the legal process, the defense will consider the possibility of filing a motion seeking a change of venue.

Though he declined to elaborate, Skahan says Haydel has support from his family.

"We always gear up for the long haul," he said. "I mean, all these cases are very serious. And this, this fits right at the top. They're all very serious. And yeah, this'll be a long haul."

Haydel is scheduled to appear in court again at the end of July. According to Skahan, a preliminary hearing could happen as early as August.

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