Peach Stand murder suspect to undergo mental competency exam

Posted May 15, 2018 1:41 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

York County Circuit Court Judge Dan Hall wrote that accused killer Christopher Mendez may not be able to assist in his own defense because Mendez could be mentally incompetent to both stand trial and help lawyers with his defense.

Hall ordered that Mendez be evaluated. Mendez, 29, of Lancaster, is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Arrest warrants say Mendez walked into the Peach Stand and fatally shot Karson Whitesell “several times with a handgun.” Mendez’ lawyer, 16th Circuit Assistant Public Defender Phil Smith, wrote in a motion filed this past Friday that Mendez had “been hospitalized for a mental health issue not long before the incident for which he is charged.”

Mendez is being held without bond at the York County jail.