Accused hotel cop killer appears briefly in court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Accused hotel cop killer appears briefly in court

Alexander Haydel, pictured here during Thursday's hearing. Alexander Haydel, pictured here during Thursday's hearing.

(WMC-TV) - The man suspected of killing a Memphis police officer in the line of duty was back in court Thursday as sides tried to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Whether searching for an answer, or smiling during a private moment of levity, Alexander Haydel was in court for several minutes, though his hearing was ultimately postponed.

"We can't proceed without this mental evaluation being completed," defense attorney Gerald Skahan said.

Part of Haydel's mental evaluation is complete. In a letter to the judge, Dr. John Hutson of West Tennessee Forensic Services wrote: "I have concluded that he has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding and a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him."

However, doctors are still evaluating Haydel's mental condition and diminished capacity at the time of the shootings.

"We'll see what they say," Skahan said. "I mean, it may or may not be critical depending on what the doctors say."

Haydel is charged with two counts of first degree murder, accused of killing Arthur Warren and Memphis Police Officer Tim Warren inside the Doubletree Hotel in early July.

Since then, Haydel shaved off all his hair, and appears to be actively participating in his legal defense.

"He was injured during the arrest, which happens sometimes, and those are healing," Skahan said. "You know, he's getting acclimated to being here. He did look better."

Haydel will appear in court again next month.

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