Attorney Wants Evaluation Sealed in Newman Cop Killing

The attorney for a man in the U.S. illegally charged in the killing of a California police officer has asked a judge to seal a mental health evaluation report on his client because he says it could be incriminating.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga's defense attorney, Stephen Foley, last month questioned his client's mental fitness and asked for an evaluation.

Foley told the judge Thursday that he's spent with his client since the Jan. 2 hearing and now believes Mendoza is mentally fit to stand trial.

The Modesto Bee reports Foley argued that the evaluation violated his client's right to refuse to answer questions that could be incriminating.

The judge ordered them to return April 8.

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